In October of 2010, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban insurgents in Pakistan for advocating for girls’ education. The shooting ignited a global outcry for her to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which she eventually did in 2013.
In response to the public outpouring of support and concern, Yousafzai started a blog to document her experiences as an advocate for girls’ education.
In her first blog post, Yousafzai wrote about her experience attending a girls’ school in Mingora, Pakistan. She described how excited she was to attend school and learn alongside her peers, but also how afraid she was that she and her classmates would be Targeted by the Taliban. She wrote:
“I remember the first time I went to school after the attack. I was so happy to be back and to see my friends again but I was also very afraid.
I was scared that the Taliban would come and shoot us again.”.
In subsequent posts, Yousafzai chronicled her journey as an advocate for girls’ education, describing how she met with politicians and spoke at international conferences about the importance of educating girls. She also discussed the challenges that she and other advocates faced in trying to promote girls’ education in a conservative Muslim society.
Overall, Yousafzai’s blog provides an intimate glimpse into the life of an advocate working tirelessly to improve the lives of women around the world. It is clear that her passion for this issue was what motivated her to start blogging, and it is this passion that has helped her make such a significant impact on global feminism.