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Nov 10th: Malala Yousafzai Day

Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:45 pm

Since the previous thread is now archived, I thought I'd start one to mark Malala Day. is the official web site, which is quite well done.

The web site suggests:


- Sign the petition to call on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education to all its children:
- Spread the word. Inform your audience of the #IamMalala campaign and invite them to sign the petition.
- Spend November 10th in solidarity for Malala Day. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown -- the UN Special Envoy for Global Education -- and his wife Sarah will deliver this petition to the Pakistani president on this day.

Even Al Jazeera has a nice article:


The families of more than three million poor children in Pakistan will receive cash stipends if their children go to school, the government has said, honouring the first-ever "Malala Day" in support of a schoolgirl shot by the Taliban.

Saturday marked one month since 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban for promoting girls' education and criticising the armed group.

The fighter's bullet grazed Yousufzai's brain and she is now recovering in hospital in Britain.

In the days following the shooting, Yousafzai became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her
campaign for girls' education.

On Friday, Pakistani President Asif Zardari added his signature to petitions signed by more than one million people urging Pakistan to pay stipends to families who put their girls in school in honour of Malala.

"Malala's dreams represent what is best about Pakistan," said Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister, as he presented the petitions to Zardari.

CNN's article says:


Now, a month later, it is nothing short of a miracle that the teen blogger, who fights for the right of girls to get an education, is still alive and even more astounding that she suffered no major brain or nerve damage.

In hardly more than four weeks, she has gone from an intensive care unit in Pakistan, showing no signs of consciousness to walking, writing, reading -- and smiling -- again in a hospital in the UK.

Which is very good news!

I am so glad that she is healing!

Yet the BBC reports that some in Pakistan are pushing forth the theory that the attack on Malala was staged by Western forces in the hopes that it'd lead to a crack down on the Taliban.

Amazing how some could twist things that way!

Although like any good conspiracy there is a grain of plausibility - the West surely would like Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban, but it pales the imagination to suggest that they'd shoot a young girl to get that to happen.
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