The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Malala Yousafzai SPEAKS PUBLICLY for first time since Taliban shooting: (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/malala-yousafzai-speaks-video-143346420.html).
“in a short video released on Monday (February 4. 2013)”, Yousafzai said: ”Today (February 4, 2013) you can see that I’m alive. I can speak. I can see you. I can see everyone. I’m getting better day by day. It’s just because THE PRAYERS OF PEOPLE, because ALL the people—men, women, children, ALL OF THEM, ALL OF THEM—have prayed for me. And because of these prayers, God has given me this new life. And this is a second life. This is a new life“.
Yousafzai, “wearing a traditional headscarf that hid any scars from the bullet “, added: “I want to SERVE. I want to SERVE THE PEOPLE. And I wantevery GIRL, (and) every child, to be educated“. We must emphasize “girl” because in countries/areas/regions such as CHINA HONG KONG and TAIWAN there is still this SUPER-traditional attitude that women should just sit at home and prepare to get pregnant or if they work, their husbands/boyfriends must earn MORE than they do.
“Gordon Brown, the U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education, launched a U.N. petition (“I Am Malala”) in her name, demanding that all children—including Pakistani GIRLS—have access to schooling”. Let’s extend this to CHINESE “girls” because EVEN AFTER gettingeducated, people in SUPER-traditional families will say that women SHOULDN’T work because they should be preparing to get pregnant instead.
Finally, “In November (2012), Time magazine nominated Yousafzai as one of its 2012 “Person of the Year” candidates. Yousafzai,…”has become AN INSPIRATION, not only in her native Pakistan—where the culture wars over women’s rights and religious diversity have taken many violent turns—but ALL AROUND THE GLOBE“. NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
We now essentially have to monitor Malala’s (we’re referring to her by her first name because she is only a child) situation in the same way that we’re tracking ROBIN ROBERTS’ recovery from her bone marrow transplant. So the fact that this young heroine is talking is certainly a HUGE POSITIVE STEP. So, just like we have #TeamRobin for Roberts, we should now have #TeamMalala. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF HER and we are all #TeamMalala.