In 2007, the Taliban infested the Swat Valley, Pakistan, which was once a vacation destination. Residing there was activist and educator, Malala Yousafzai (@). Taliban prohibited girls from having an education and doing cultural activities such as dancing and watching television. Since her father is a passionate educator who ran a school in the city, it is no surprise that she became a lover of education herself. Like her father, Yousafzai was absolutely turned off by Taliban’s tactics. She once said on Pakistan TV, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”
Despite being afraid for her life as well as her family’s, she became an anonymous blogger for BBC, where she documented life under Taliban’s rulings. Her voice grew louder, and over the course of three years, she worked along side her father in providing girls access to free education. However, as her voice grew louder, Taliban grew less tolerant of her actions. In 2012, they shot 15 year old Yousafzai. Yet, she survived and is continuing the fight for equality.
In an interview with Emma Watson (@), Yousafzai revealed that Watson is her inspiration to call herself a feminist. “I hesitated in saying am I feminist or not and then after hearing your speech, when you said ‘if not now, when? If not me, who?’ I decided that there’s no way and there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist, so I am a feminist. And feminism is another word for equality.”
Let’s ensure that the true meaning of feminism is widely spread together.