So, last night I watched this TED talk of Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. He talks about what it is like to be her father and how he raised her. He says, “Do not ask what I did. Ask what I did not do. I did not clip her wings, and that is all.” I really enjoyed this video and thought it came up at an appropriate time with Father’s Day coming up this weekend.
If you have not heard of Malala, she is truly an inspiring young woman. Raised in Pakistan, where women as fortunate to have schools and education like we do in the US, Malala fought for her right to go to school. In 2012, at fifteen years old, she was shot in the head by the Taliban because of her advocating for women’s rights in Pakistan. She survived and last year became the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Her memoir, I am Malala, is her story of learning how to stand up and become an advocate. She has overcome and stood up to great challenges that many others would have backed down from. The book provides a lot of history and background to her country and culture, which I personally find fascinating and if you do, too – please check out her book.
“I do not want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.” – Malala Yousafzai