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Published on Feb 4, 2013

Less than four months after being shot by the Taliban because of her quest to be educated, Malala Yousafzai spoke out about her second life.

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Malala Day events held in 100 countries on November 10

 

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Pakistanis commemorate Malala Day in Karachi on November 10, 2012.

Pakistanis commemorate Malala Day in Karachi on November 10, 2012.

We are Malala — this is Malala day; the world to walk in the footsteps of this girl of courage. Malala Yousafzai has become a global icon of hope, an international symbol of courage, a schoolgirl who has won the hearts of millions through her bravery. Malala’s dream is a Pakistan where she, her friends and future generations of girls could attend school, walk freely into a classroom, learn and reach their full potential.”

About 100 countries have commemorated United Nations Malala Day to honor 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist Malala Yousafzai.

On Saturday, events were held in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and many other countries.

Earlier this week, the United Nations declared November 10 Malala Day in honor of the Pakistani human rights campaigner and peace activist, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last month in northern Pakistan.

On October 9, Malala Yousafzai was shot by Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in the town of Mingora for speaking out against the fanatics and promoting education for girls and women in her home region, the Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

“This Saturday (November 10th) will see Malala Day, a global event to show the world that people of all creeds, all sexes, all backgrounds, and all countries stand behind Malala,” former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for Global Education, said on Friday.

“We are Malala — this is Malala day; the world to walk in the footsteps of this girl of courage. Malala Yousafzai has become a global icon of hope, an international symbol of courage, a schoolgirl who has won the hearts of millions through her bravery,” Brown stated.

“Malala’s dream is a Pakistan where she, her friends and future generations of girls could attend school, walk freely into a classroom, learn and reach their full potential,” he added.

Over one million people around the world have signed petitions calling on Islamabad to pay stipends to families who put their girls in school in honor of Malala.

“Malala’s dreams represent what is best about Pakistan,” Brown said as he presented the petitions to Pakistani President Ali Asif Zardari on Friday in Islamabad.

Malala is recovering in Britain. She was flown to Britain on October 15 for specialist care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after Pakistani doctors said she needed treatment for a damaged skull and “intensive neuro-rehabilitation.”

Over the past month, tens of thousands of people in Pakistan, the United States, and Britain have held demonstrations and prayer vigils to express their support for Malala and the efforts to provide universal education for women and girls.

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The Pakistani government has offered a Rs10 million ($105,000) bounty for the capture of the Pakistani Taliban gunmen who attacked Malala Yousafzai, a teenage rights and education activist in the northwestern Swat Valley, officials say. Yousafzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, was shot in the head and neck on Tuesday, and has since undergone surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her skull. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that Yousafzai had been sedated following her surgery, and that doctors would reasses her condition in 48 hours. Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports.

Malala Yousafzai: Reward offered for arrest of attackers

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Malala Yousafzai began her blog at the age of 11

Pakistani officials have offered a 10m rupee ($105,000; £66,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers of a prominent teenage rights campaigner.

Malala Yousafzai, 14, is recovering from surgery after being shot on Tuesday in north-western Swat Valley.

The Taliban said they had shot her because she had “promoted secularism”, and that they would target her again.

Protests against the shooting have been held in several Pakistani cities.

Malala Yousafzai is still unconscious in hospital in Peshawar, where she has been visited by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Mr Malik said the “whole gang” who carried out the attack had been identified and said the nation “will not let them run away, we will catch and punish them”.

Gen Kayani said it was time to “stand up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset and their sympathizers”.

Analysis

image of M Ilyas Khan M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Islamabad

Even if Malala Yousafzai survives, life is not going to be the same for her and her family. No place in Pakistan is safe for people targeted by militant groups. She may have to live under state security or in asylum abroad. In either case, her life and her ability to campaign for girls’ education in north-western Pakistan will be severely limited.

Malala Yousafzai rose to fame because of her innocent but courageous desire to attend school, which translated into a one-girl campaign of resistance when Taliban captured Swat valley in 2009 and ordered girls’ schools closed. Several hundred in Swat and neighbouring Bajaur and Mohmand were destroyed. Only a few in urban areas have been rebuilt.

The government’s inability to rebuild is matched by its ambivalence towards the Taliban, which has enabled them to carry out acts of sabotage with impunity. The question is, will it change now? The attempt on Malala Yousafzai’s life has shocked and angered the nation, and reports from parliament suggest a wider anti-Taliban consensus might be in the works – something Pakistan’s fractious politicians have rarely achieved before.

“The cowards who attacked Malala and her fellow students have shown time and again how little regard they have for human life and how low they can fall in their cruel ambition to impose their twisted ideology,” he said in a statement.

He said the armed forces refused to “bow before terror” and would fight on against the Taliban, “regardless of the cost”.

Condition ‘improving’

Malala Yousafzai was just 11 when she started writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban militants who had taken control of the Swat Valley in 2007 and ordered girls’ schools to close.

Writing under the pen-name Gul Makai, she exposed the suffering caused by the militants and particularly focused on her attempts to continue her education.

The Taliban were ousted from Swat in 2009, but her family said they had regularly received death threats.

They believed she would be safe among her own community, but on Tuesday, she was stopped as she returned home from school in Mingora, in north-western Swat, and shot in the head.

Two other girls were also injured, one of whom remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.

Malala Yousafzai’s family said her condition was stable after she underwent surgery to remove a bullet lodged in her shoulder.

A decision would be made in the next 48 hours over whether to fly her abroad for treatment, they said.

The news of the bounty was announced in Peshawar by the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Mian Iftikhar Hussain.

Local media quoted him as saying Malala was an icon of peace, urging the world to pray for her recovery.

‘Threatened by empowerment’

The attack on the teenager has been widely condemned in Pakistan and around the world.

We were afraid the Taliban might throw acid on our faces or might kidnap us. They were barbarians, they could do anything”

Malala Yousafzai

President Asif Ali Zardari said it would not shake Pakistan’s resolve to fight Islamist militants or the government’s determination to support women’s education.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at a gathering of the American Girl Scouts movement, said Malala Yousafzai had been “very brave in standing up for the rights of girls” and that the attackers had been “threatened by that kind of empowerment”.

Schools in the Swat Valley closed on Wednesday in protest at the attack, and schoolchildren in other parts of the country prayed for the girl’s recovery.

Protests were held in Peshawar, Multan and in Malala’s hometown of Mingora and in Lahore. Those taking part praised the girl’s bravery, while many condemned the attack as un-Islamic.

Saeeda Diep, an organiser of the Lahore protest, said all Pakistanis should “come together and raise their voices against such acts”.

“If they do not do this, then they should mentally prepare themselves for their own children’s fate to be like Malala’s,” she said.

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