Essay on Malala Yousafzai, An Advocate For Girls

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Malala Yousafzai, according to her biography on Biography.com, born July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan, became an advocate for girls’ education as a young girl, after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in her county in 2008. When she was 14, the Taliban issued a death threat against her. Her and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child. However, on October 9, 2012, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding on her way home from school. He demanded to know who was Malala, and her friends looked towards her, giving her location away. The gunman fired at her, hitting the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. Because her brain was swelling, a portion of her skull was removed, and she was transferred to Birmingham, England, for further care. Even though she required many surgeries (including repair to a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed left side of her face) she had suffered no major brain damage. Five months later, in March 2013, she was able to attend school in Birmingham. Despite the Taliban’s threats, Malala remains a dedicated advocate for the power of education, and she is an inspiration to women everywhere in the fight for their rights.
“Women’s rights”, according to Oxford Dictionaries, are rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men. In some…

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