On Malala Day, Pakistani Girls chant “I am Malala”

Pakistan, and people around the world, commemorated yesterday as “Malala Day”, in honor of Malala Yusufzai, who was shot in the head by a Taliban militant for demanding the right of girls’ education. UN special envoy Gordon Brown submitted a petition to Pakistani President Asaf Ali Zardari with nearly a million signatures from around the world urging free, universal, compulsory education.

There were rallies all over the country, including Karachi and Lahore. Reuters has a video report, and the clip of the girls chanting “I am Malala” is poignant.

Aljazeera English reports on a Pakistani girls’ school that is giving hope:

The Pakistani government announced that the country’s 3 million poorest families will receive government payments if they send their children to school. Many rural Pakistanis live on less than two dollars a day, and those families use their children as farm labor; the government is trying to replace the income lost if the child goes to school instead.

Another international petition is asking that Malala be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

3 Responses

  1. Washington should watch closely: this is how the Taliban will be defeated, not through military attacks and assassinations. It is simply the people rising up and demanding change.

    Of course that is not what Washington wants to have happen because the people are also rising up and demanding other changes. These are not good days for invaders, dictators, monarchs, or Israelis.

    • Too bad one can’t just drive by and “like” MyComment’s comment. About the most sensible short read I have ever seen here.

  2. Maybe those paid by the CIA would sponsorhttp://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2295-dead-enough-the-reality-of-the-qlesser-evilq.html a day for this kid.

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