Friday, January 18, 2013

Malala Yousafzai Honored With French Womens Rights Prize

 Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, whose fight for women's education in Pakistan became an international cause after the Taliban pumped her full of bullets, was honored earlier this week with the prestigious Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's  Freedom.  Malala's father,Ziauddin Yousafzai,accepted the award on his daughter's behalf at the annual award ceremony in Paris.

Ziauddin Yousafzai's pride in his daughter was evident in his moving acceptance speech.

"She fell but Pakistan stood up. And the whole world — north, south, east and west — supported her,” he said. “God protected her and protected the cause of humanity and education " (read  complete article here)

Malala's father went on to observe:

In my part of the world, fathers are known by their sons. Daughters are very much neglected. I am one of the few fortunate fathers who is known by his daughter.”

The world is,indeed,standing up with Malala-- especially the world's  women,.  She is an ornament to her gender, her nation and her faith The Taliban definitely overplayed its hand this time.

How ironic, that an organization of extremists that tries to impose its Nihilistic view of the world on others by creating " martyrs" in the form of suicide bombers, has managed to create a positive figure of hope for  human dignity and women's rights in Malala Yousafzai..

 God works in mysterious ways for sure.

Photo source: Daily Times, Pakistan

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