Gender Roles In Mala Yousafzai's I Am Malala

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1. The author of “I Am Malala” is Malala Yousafzai and the cowriter is Christina Lamb. Malala Yousafzai wrote this biography about her defiance against the Taliban in Pakistan and her advocacy work for the education of women. As a child, Malala was influenced by her father to advocate and support education which led to the Taliban finding her and shooting her while she was on her way to school. Remarkably, Malala has survived and has since continued to share the importance of education around the world. In 2013 she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and in 2014 she won. Recently she published a children’s book entitled “Malala’s Magic Pencil” which she hopes will inspire young children to never lose hope during the toughest times (Kettler, …show more content…
When Malala was born the community did not celebrate nor congratulate her family on the birth of a healthy child, although her parents were thrilled. Malala shared in the book, “I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children” (2013, p. 13). Males were praised and put on a pedestal compared to females. However, Malala’s father’s faith, advocacy, value of equality led her to live a life understanding that women should be treated equally. Further, women were not given the chance to become politically involved in the country or truly work. Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister in Islamic history and became a huge role model for Malala. Unfortunately, the Taliban assassinated Bhutto due to her being a female (Benazir Bhutto, 2016). Malala believed that if one woman from her home could play such a significant role in Pakistan there should not be a reason for women doing the same. Fear was instilled in women due to the oppression they received from the Taliban. Also, religion played a part in the roles women have played in Pakistan. The Taliban forced individuals to believe in the Islam they were preaching, however their faith was cruel and violent. Islam is a religion of peace and patience and supports women’s rights (Nalapat, 2009). Malala grew up recognizing the difference between the Taliban’s teachings and the true religion of Islam which motivated her advocacy

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