Friday, 12 October 2012

Malala Yousafzai

is in a critical condition in a Pakistani hospital because a group of religious extremists decided that she was a danger to them. She is a fourteen year old girl who wanted an education. They say she was "westernising" the country.
The Taliban are not opposed to women and girls being educated - as long as the education fits in with their thinking - or so, they say. They want women who are prepared to be obedient and dutiful wives who will have many children. The preference is for male children over female children. All of them will, in the Taliban's idealistic view of the world, grow up as devout members of their extreme view of Islam and the men will continue to see to it that the rest of the world is "converted" to their way of thinking.
I met a Muslim friend in the supermarket yesterday. She spoke to me about Malala and broke down as she was doing so.
        "It could be our daughter. She wants to be a doctor too."
I know her husband has expressed views about girls who want to go on to university. None of his sisters did. His father was opposed to it. He has been  not opposed but perhaps wary of it until recently. He is concerned about what else his daughter might be exposed to at university. When he told me this once I gently suggested that medical students had almost no time to socialise and that the drugs and alcohol he was worried about were not something all students indulge in.
What has happened to Malala has almost completely changed his view about women and education. If his daughter gets accepted into medicone he will now support her. It is perhaps something good that has come out of the most appalling and sickening attack on one young girl and, through that, the rights of women everywhere.
I am aware though that there are still people in Australia, particularly those from some ethnic backgrounds, who do not see the education of women as being as important as the education of men. I know women who were not allowed to go to university, simply because they were women. I still know girls in that position. Their fathers simply withold their support. They do not see education as important. Their attitude can be summed up as,
         "You'll get married and have children and it will all get wasted." 
Wasted?
Malala may not survive. Even if she does she may not be the highly intelligent and articulate young girl she was before she was shot. I hope she survives and recovers but I know that it may not happen.
Her situation however should serve to educate the rest of us. Education is only wasted if you do not use it - and there are many ways to use an education.

3 comments:

the fly in the web said...

And wilfully to deprive someone of an education is a moral crime.

Anonymous said...

Utterly appalling! Poor child! Bob C-S

Anonymous said...

Attack on Malala is a American Conspiracy for Operation in Northern Wazeeristaan (PK)......
Malala was Attacked by American CIA Agents.....
America was Insist for Operation in Wazeeristaan Since 2011.....but Pak Army and Pakistani people reject it.....
Then America make a four step plan to Weak Pakistan and to Capture Pakistan's Attomic Power by Operation in Wazeeristan.....

1st Step is: kill a Famous person who is against Taliban....
2nd Step is: Start a Campaign against Pakistani Taliban....
3rd Step is: Bomb Attacks in Different Cities of Pakistan.......
Finally to Start Operation......

In first Step they wanted to kill a Famous person who is against Taliban......so that way they can pave the way for Operation........so they choose the previous Chairman of Supreme court bar Aasma Jahangir.......
but previous Confederative minister Doctor Mubashir Hasan Divulgence that plan into a press conference........after the leakage of that news America deferred that plan..........Then they choose Malala Yousaf Zai for that sacrifice........now they succeed in 1st step.......... For as much The American Newspaper (The New york times ) make a Nominal Story of Ahsaan-ullah-Ahsaan (Interpreter of Tehreek Taliban Pakistan).......Declan Walsh a Journalist of "The New York Times"....He start a fake Breaking News of Conversation between him and Ahsaan-ullah-Ahsaan..........
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the 2nd step is to Start a Campaign against Pakistani Taliban..........that step is going well by the Local and International Media....and for fully success Banners are hanged in Lahore and in whole Pakistan by Unknown persons...in which they Demand from PAK Army to Start Operation in Northern Wazeeristan......
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the third Step American CIA will do Bomb Attacks in Different Cities of Pakistan........now on 12 October there are three bomb attacks in Pakistan.....(Daira bugti, Balochistaan)....(Sibi)....and ( Orakzai Agency, KPK)............now there will be more bomb attacks......
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and the final Step is to Start a new Operation to Weak the PAKISTAN.........
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Obama will be the killer of Malala Yousaf Zai..