BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 09, 2015
It was revealed recently that eight out of the ten men arrested for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai were acquitted of the charge, according to Takepart. Yousafzai was shot in 2012, on a bus traveling home from school. The Pakistani Taliban targeted Yousafzai because of her outspoken stance that girls should be allowed to attend school.
In April it was reported that the ten suspects had all confessed to and been sentenced for their crime. They were to serve a life sentence, which in Pakistan is 25 years. Read More
Inspector Shazadi Gillani and Rizwana Zafar have faced their fair share of hurdles. Without the support of her father, Gillani paid for her own basic training. After the birth of eight daughters, Zafar’s parents raised her as a boy. The two now police an especially conservative northern Khyber Pakhunkhwa province. Gillani dons a burqa, and Zafar wears a faux mustache as they fend off bandits and militant forces.
As Reuters reports, the biggest battle fought by these women is one against inequality. Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Mar 28, 2013
On October 9th, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, activist, and blogger, was shot by a Taliban gunman. The militant group claimed that she promoted “western thinking” through her public opposition to the Taliban’s efforts to bar girls from attending school. Malala, who was treated in the U.K. and has recently started school in England, is now penning a book. Read More
BY Diana Denza
on Oct 10, 2012
"Where I live, there are some people who want to stop educating girls through guns," the father of Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai told The New York Times in a documentary titled 'Class Dismissed.'
"I want to get my education and I want to become a doctor," she added in the 2009 feature.
But this Tuesday, the National Peace Award for Youth recipient, esteemed BBC blogger, and two-time Times documentary star paid a high price for her bravery. Read More