Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; John F. Kennedy; Robert Kennedy; Gandhi; Abraham Lincoln. . . the list goes on. All of these individuals have been victims of an assassin’s bullet.
Now add 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai to that list. Even though Malala’s head wound did not kill her, she is fighting to hang on to life. Even if she survives, she may never fully regain her health or cognitive abilities.
Yousufzai was shot by a Taliban gunman because she wanted to go to school. And, because she wanted all the young girls to be able to go to school. “I have a right to an education,” she told CNN. “I have a right to play or to talk…to go to the market. I have a right to speak up.” So too, she said, “do all women in Pakistan.” She advocated for these rights in a series of blog posts that received both local and international attention.
The Taliban believes that women have few and limited rights and no need for education. Over the years the Taliban has destroyed 200 girl schools in Pakistan.