This post is being done in concert with Blog Action Day 2012; the theme is "The Power of We." What does the story of Malala have to do with this theme? People in Pakistan have engaged in protests over this incident and she has been airlifted to England for further medical treatment. There is an online petition entitled "I am Malala" which will be presented to United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki moon and Pakistan's President. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have weighed in on her case and on the plight of the millions of children who are unable to go to school. Girls in Pakistan wear "I am Malala" t-shirts in support of her. Thousands of people have taken some sort of action in response to and in support of this courageous young woman.
Anyone who follows the news is likely familiar with the story of Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old girl who was shot last week in an attempted assassination by members of the Taliban for going to school and for her public activism in support of the education of girls. Her blog with the BBC details her experiences as a child seeking education under the threat of death.