What a long way for the young woman who in 2012 was very seriously injured by the Taliban.
Certain faces cannot be forgotten and that of Malala Yousafzai is one of them. Its media coverage began in 2007, when the Taliban imposed its law in its Swat valley in Pakistan. Barely 11 years old, the little girl creates her blog on the BBC site in Urdu, the national language, under the pseudonym of Gul Makai. Through this window on the world, Malala describes the climate of fear that reigns in her region.
A liberated speech that the Taliban do not appreciate. They thus decide to eliminate it, accusing it of carrying "Western propaganda".
The drama arrives when the girl turns 15: she is shot in the head and shoulder in the attack on the school bus which brings her back from her school in Mingora. A pitiful action that did not stop Malala. His book "I Am Malala" was a great success. In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, at just 17 years old! And many prizes will reward his courage. Travels around the world, in association with the UN, will then fill her life where she can transmit her message of combat against those who deprive girls of school.
Today, the activist has just graduated from the prestigious University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom. A real snub to its detractors.
"Difficult to express my joy and gratitude now that I have graduated in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford", says Malala Yousafzai, on her Twitter account. "I don't know what will happen next. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleeping, "she added, because yes Malala despite her very strong positions remains a young lady of her time.
The student had entered Oxford in 2017 after being educated in a high school in Birmingham. This city in central England became a place of refuge for herself and her family in 2012 after being seriously injured in a Taliban attack.
Joy but also pain for other Malala
Internet users hastened to salute Malala's success. But many recall their concern about the situation of the "little sisters of Malala" who even today in Pakistan do not have the same rights as their male comrades, at school and at home.
Human Rights Watch reports that in Pakistan in 2018, 33% of girls of primary school age are out of school, compared to 21% of boys. And in the first year of high school, only 13% of girls are still in school.
"Pakistani government's failure to educate children has devastating impact on millions of girls", Liesl Gerntholtz, executive director of the Women's Rights division at Human Rights Watch, said at the time in a 111-page report entitled "'Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?': Barriers to Girls' Education in Pakistan "(" https://www.aufeminin.com/"Do I have to feed my daughter or put her in school? ': Obstacles to the education of girls in Pakistan ").
Last February, Greta Thunberg went to Oxford to meet Malala Yousafzai and talk with her about a better world. Greta hadn't hesitated to call Malala her model.