Heroes are the people who possess unique braveness, kindness, care, confidence and rarely give up when confronted by challenges in the pursuit of their goals. Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, and has been at the forefront in the fight for gender equality in Pakistan (Tolentino et al. 19). She holds the idea that girls should also be equally educated like boys, an idea she defends strongly in order to make a better Pakistani community in the future. Malala has done many heroic deeds at her tender age and survived traumatic experiences, as she chased her dreams thus becoming an important contemporary heroine worth emulating in the modern world.
In chasing her dreams of becoming a better person to change the community, she was not easily distracted by the challenges that people lay on her path. Many people in her country did not like her, and she was even threatened by the Taliban, but she stood firm. Malala said that even if they shoot her, they cannot shoot her dreams (Yousafzai 23). Riding home from school, the Taliban attacked her school’s bus and shot her in the head. Luckily she managed to survive, and this incidence did not deter her motives in life. Besides the threats from the outside, Malala had inner troubles that she fought tirelessly in order to rise above the stereotypic challenges that every girl in Pakistan had to face. Other girls got her support whenever they called upon her help, something she did passionately to show them they are not of a weaker sex.
At the age of eleven, Malala had opened an anonymous blog for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where she posted her views on the importance of pushing for education for all. Besides, she wrote about the Taliban terrorist group taking over some regions in Pakistan, something that made her an immediate target of the militia. Apart from the blog, Malala is renowned for creating her documentary called the “He Named me Malala,” with the central theme being the importance of education for all. Donors all over the world were convinced to help her, and it is from this international recognition that she got a Nobel Peace Prize, thus becoming the youngest person to get the award (Peer 23). Her drive for social change made her remain focused on impacting a positive change and is quoted saying that “I don’t want to revenge for the Taliban.” Instead, she was driven by the desire to see the Taliban daughters get an education.
Conclusively, Malala has been doing everything she can to ensure that children get an education that is not discriminative in nature. She has proven to have heroic characteristics that made her not to stop regardless of the extreme measures to silence her like the attempted assassination by the Taliban. It would be expected that as a girl living in a strict and patriarchal society, she would suppress any ideas concerning the push for gender equality but she has proven to be unstoppable. Her relentless fight and courage have seen her secure a position in the school of Birmingham and launching the Malala fund that supports Pakistani girls in school. All these are heroic deeds to be achieved by the young girl that is still determined to push further for more changes to improve the society.
Peer, Basharat. “The girl who wanted to go to school.” The New Yorker 10 (2012):23
Tolentino, Efleda P., J. O. Uhl, and Iftikhar Ahmad. “The Nobel Peace Prize: Malala, A Girl Determined to Go to School.” Social Education 79.1 (2015): 19.
Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. Hachette UK, 2013: 23.