The Taliban and like-minded Islamists should be scared. Malala Yousafzai, only 14-years old when she was shot in the head by a Taliban terrorist for daring to promote girls’ education, is recovering from surgery in the U.K. and is already promoting the Malala Fund to support her cause and vowing to continue her fight.
She believes that God has given her a “second life” for this cause. Speaking in Urdu and Pashtu, she said, “I want to serve the people and I want every girl, every child, to be educated for that reason we have organized the Malala Fund.” The Fund was set up by Vital Voices with a $10 million donation from Pakistan.
Since the age of 11, she has been blogging about life under the Taliban, girls’ education and her quest to become a doctor or politician. She wasn’t only dreaming about women’s rights; she was writing in a public forum about becoming an example of their fulfillment. Few adults in an area like the Swat Valley of Pakistan would have that kind of bravery. Much fewer children would have that dream, and even fewer would write about it.