Stage 2 Society and Culture
Assessment type 1: Folio (Cultural Diversity)
Essay: Influence upon legal and political systems
As a young teenager, Malala Yousafzai (Image 1) resisted the Taliban in Pakistan and requested that young girls be permitted to get an education. While she fought for girl’s education the Taliban, who was in control of her village, did not want girls to be educated. She was shot in the head by a Taliban member in 2012, yet survived and became the winner of a Nobel Peace Prize. She continues to inspire people around the world to understand the need for girl’s education.
Background Image 1 Malala Yousafzai
In Pakistan there were two parties who had control over the people of Pakistan; the government and the Taliban. The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001. They came to power during Afghanistan's long civil war. Later, even after the government started ruling the country the Taliban still had huge impact in the country. In Pakistan, the Taliban tortured the public so that they would fear them more than the Government. The Taliban wouldn’t give access for the girls to go to school and get educated. Back then and also now girls fear to go out on their own, go to school and live their life with the freedom that they wish to have.
Malala became involved with campaigning for girl’s education because of her father’s influence and her desire to learn. Malala was always very passionate about education. Her father was an education advocate and ran a school for girls in the Swat Valley where the family lived. Malala’s father inspired her passion for learning. Unlike other families, Malala grew up in such family who always supported education. In Pakistan there are so many families who don’t allow their girls to go to school but in Malala’s case her family were really supportive. Since her childhood she was very intelligent and always wanted to study. According to her teachers and friends she was very bright and hard working person. Because the Taliban were against girls attending schools, Malala started speaking against them. She started to give TV interviews and protested against the Taliban. Soon after she became a public figure through her appearance in TV interviews. On 9th of October, 2012, 15 year old Malala was coming back home from school with her friends in a bus, where a Taliban gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head (Biography.com.Editors, 2016).
Malala started speaking out in the local area and motivated girls to attend school rather than her being fear the Taliban. Malala’s father was supporting her in her every step. In early 2009, she began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban's threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year (Biography.com.Editors, 2016). Malala went to a school that her father, Ziauddin...