Who Inspires You?

Posted by Lisa N. Blonder
July 14, 2014
Portrait of Malala Yousafzai in Brooklyn, New York

This past weekend, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani global education advocate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, spent her 17th birthday in Nigeria.  She is fighting for the more than 200 girls, “her sisters,” who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram -- all because they sought an education. 

Last year, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dubbed July 12th "Malala Day" in honor of her heroic stand to ensure education for all, and Malala addressed an audience of nearly 1,000 youth leaders at the UN. Her words were eloquent and clear:  "One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world." 

This year, we observe Malala Day on July 14th.  With women and girls around the world facing unspeakable challenges every day -- the more than 66 million girls still out of school, the young girls who are forced into marriages when they still are children, the women and girls who are raped and killed every day -- Malala is speaking up for the voiceless through her campaign #StrongerThan.  

"We are stronger than those who oppress us, who seek to silence us. We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence, and poverty."

She inspires all of us to take action, whether big or small, to make the world a better place.  The Let Girls Learn Initiative is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education.  In support of this effort, USAID also announced over $230 million for new programs to support education around the world.  Join us, and find out more about what you can do to help at www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn.

About the Author: Lisa Blonder serves as Senior Education Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.



Syed L.
July 16, 2014

Be proud that A Pakistani Girl got Pakistan a world Celebrated day. #MalalaDay

1) She is the greatest because she stood up for her education in the age of 11 years back in 2008 when the Taliban closed her school.

2) Taliban blown Up hundreds of schools in Swat and the remaining were closed especially the Girls schools, but Malala did not accept it and started protest against this in her town, and finally got back to school with other students. This was a time when a BIG General even could that openly protest in Swat and She did it. So she is the greatest again.

3) in the time of war in Swat, she went to Peshawar and Islamabad to protest nationwide against the Taliban and for the girls who's education was affected.

4) She secretly wrote a diary for BBC with the name of "Gul Makai" which later became a very popular diary in the local media of Pakistan.

5) Her struggles brought children back to school in 2009, and thus it was the courage that others boys & girls went to schools in Swat without any fear in the leadership of Malala Yousaf the Greatest.

6) After peace restoration in Swat in 2009, she began to appear on Pakistani Channels and started promoting tourism in Swat and she did struggles for bringing people back to Swat because she was the only greatest one who could speak so effectively.

7) after this all 3 years struggles in 2011, she was nominated for International children peace prize award which she didn't win, but she got international and local media attention. source is here: tribune.com.pk/.../swats-malala-runner-up-for.../
Malala this award again in 2013, but in 2011 she was run up, see the people comment there on the post who now are acting as idiots.

8) After this all till 2011 she was a national hero and given many Awards including the national Peace award for youth by PM Raza Gilani and Punjab biggest award by Shahbaz Sharif. everyone in Pakistan used to say her a hero till October 2012. She appeared on so many local channels in 2009, 2010, 2011. Source of award: thenews.com.pk/article-29002-Malala-Yousafzai...

9) She has a BIG rule in restoration of peace in Swat therefore she used to be invited by Universities, colleges, schools for speeches about peace and children in Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad, during that I met her once in Karachi and I found her the greatest.

10) At the age of 11 or 12 years a girl in Pakistan can not do this, parents protect their children inside the rooms for safety, but she said to her father that I would get my education even if I lose my life, because she was the greatest, and still she is.

The above all facts are before the October 2012 Attack, because after the attack everyone knows why she was the greatest.

And you would love to watch these videos of Malala the greatest from 2009 to 2012 before the attack.

Interview on in 2009 when she was famous in PK:

interview in 2011 after getting Peace award:

Interview when she was nominated in 2011 for International peace award:

there are a lot more to watch and read and explore about this greatest girl on the earth, this was just to give you a little small introduction what she has done. But remember this is all before the attack on Malala in 2012. Because everyone knows after she went UK for treatment she the more greatest :) Thanks.

Claudia R.
United States
July 15, 2014
I am inspired by Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, because of her steadfast defense of Argentina and its people against the parasitical assault of the Vulture Funds.
pahi s.
Alabama, USA
July 30, 2014
i heard about MALAYA. She is really brave girl who fight for education. I think he is first Muslim lady who can fight for education and also want to say thanx for Nat Geo to take a cover story on her struggle and inspire all girls who can not fight for their education.


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