By: Anushe Noor Faheem, Regular Contributor
Last week, I got into a Facebook argument with my cousin who thought that Malala Yousafzai’s story was fake. To me, and many, Malala holds immense importance in inspiring girls all around the world. Yet a few, like my cousin, believe her story was planned and she was just a way to keep the attention off the real issues. I don't know whether this idea is true or not, but I do know that because of her the world stood up to take on one of the biggest social crisis: girls’ education.
The point of this blog is not to claim or debate the truth of Malala and her story, but to point out the change she brought through her work. She inspired many who have now become the voices supporting education for girls. I believe that we need such a change and we need such inspirational people. Being a girl, I am interested in and care about issues women face and want to be the voice of the ones unheard. This was also the case for Malala's work and she has been successful. People say that all these sentimental feminists only react to Malala's story, which is the story of every girl. I want to make it clear that she never won our sympathy, she won our hearts.
Another thing people like my cousin say is that Malala is not like any other girl, but I need to correct her here. I think Malala is probably just like you and me. It is the way she became the voice of many that makes her seem unique. She stood up for the girls who never were able to speak up for themselves. In truth, it's not difficult to be Malala, as I think that we all can stand up and speak up for all the girls who are unheard.
Your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have! Use it!
- Anushe brings up a great point: We all have the ability to use our voices to be heard. Grab your girls and chat: When was the last time you spoke out about something you believed in? How did it make you feel? If you haven't, dig deep and talk about what holds you back!
I’m a teenager and am eager about social issues majorly the ones of women and children rights. Currently also contributing to Global Voices as a bridge blogger (http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/anushenoor/. ). Tweets as @AnusheNoor. A music lover and listen to almost all genres. Hobbies include singing, reading and writing and sometimes dancing.