For decades education rights for women has been a big debate in the world we live in. There has been much news where it was told that women should stay inside the house and should not go to school. So, it mostly meant that women should take care of all the household chores while men should get all the knowledge and the responsibility. In other words, men were given more priority than to women.
As the years passed there has been a lot of change in the world’s education, but the light of education for women still did not reach many places. During the year 2009, the world saw a surprising great break through. A woman raised her voice for the rights of women to go to school and receive education. Well she was not just a woman; she was a fifteen year old girl who came forward to help women to go to school and her name is Malala Yousafais.
Malala Yousafais is a young girl in Pakistan; she studies in a Pakistani public school and advocates in education. In the place where she used to study, Taliban enforced a law where women were banned from going to school. Even though she was young, she put all her efforts to rule out this law and bring back women into schools. Well you might be thinking now that how can people listen to a little girl? Well, the way she gave her speech and the bravery she showed just made everyone encouraged and soon enough everyone started supporting her.
Though, it was found in her diary that Malala Yousafais was afraid like other girls; she always had the fear that Taliban would kill her. It was written on her diary that once as she was coming from school she heard someone shout “I will kill you”, now as she turned around she found that it was just someone talking to a phone. Unfortunately she was gunshot on the head in that year, but by the grace of the Almighty Creator she survived.
Despite being attacked, after her recovery she started to go to school and even started to continue her advocates in world peace. For her remarkable quotes she began to be recognized around the world and even was given an opportunity to give a UN speech.
So, let us get to know some of her quotes that woke up the world:
“Let us pick up our books and our pens; they are the most powerful weapons.”
In this quote she made people know that knowledge is the most powerful tool in this world which makes a person complete. You get to know all the knowledge through education, whereas with weapons you only hurt people.
One quote which really taught us something very important in life is this following one:
“I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
Here she said these words to let people know about humanity. She tells to show kindness and compassion towards people, even if they are cruel and harsh with you. The only way to diminish evil acts is to be caring by lending a helping hand.
Again it can be seen that she speaks about education and how important it is to every human being living in this planet. She wants to spread education to every people on this planet, even to the Taliban, so that they know the right path towards a peaceful life.
There also have been further quotes where she explained the same thing about how she wants to spread knowledge towards the Taliban and to all the people in the world, and here is one of them.
“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”
Malala Yousafais not only fought for the rights of education, but she even stood up for Islam. There has been many quotes where she let the world know that Islam is a religion of peace and what the Taliban are doing are fully forbidden. She mentioned that Islam teaches us to love and to care about others. It does not teach about killing people because only Almighty have the power to give and take life, so no human have the right to take other people’s life. The following are some of the quotes that she spoke about Islam:
“What the terrorists are doing is against Islam because Islam is a religion of peace. It tells us about equality, it tells us about brotherhood, it tells us about love and friendship and peace that we should – we should be nice and kind to each other.”
“When I look at my goal, my goal is peace. My goal is education for every child.”
So, as you can see that, even though she is young in her age, she fights for the rights of humanity, for the education of women and mostly important wants to deliver the knowledge about world peace to each and every people in this planet. For her remarkable courage and hard work she was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Prize Peach Award. It was a big shock to the world, but everybody had high hopes for the girl and was nearly convinced that she would get the prize.
Unfortunately, she did not get the chance to win the Nobel Prize, but it is for sure that the world has seen a sixteen year old fight for rights of education for women. One of her quotes after not getting the Nobel Prize includes:
“My goal is not to get Nobel Peace Prize…My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child”
There may be lots of quotes from her and well all quotes makes people know that education is the success of life, but there are some more quotes which just caught everyone’s mind and here are a few of them:
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”
“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”
“Why should we be silent? Why don’t we speak up for our rights? Why don’t we tell the world what is happening in Swat.”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
All of these quotes mean one thing; even one person can change the world with hard work and dedication and bring education to each and everyone in the world.