Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Malala advocates free education for girls at WEF

Justin Trudeau and Malala Yousafzai

DAVOS: Education activist, Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousufzai who survived being shot by the Taliban shared her views on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos saying it is a collective responsibility to ensure girls get education globally.

Kicking off the talk, Malala explained her views on feminism saying that initially, she would come across the term as maybe women being superior but that was laid to rest when she truly understood that it just stands for equal opportunities for women. “No one should object equality. Its very simple, it’s not as complicated as people have made it. And then I embraced feminism, when you speak about women’s rights, you become a feminist,” she noted.

This movement of equality is building up worldwide. First, we wanted men to do something for us but that time has gone now, we are going to stand up for ourselves, raise our voices and change the world.

“I would really encourage girls to speak up against violence in their society,” the young activist remarked.

Education is really important, it is about how we teach our children about rights and equality. This is how the mind of a child builds up later one. Education can play a key role in giving the message of equality.

When asked about what Trump’s views are on equality (or lack of it), Malala said, “I get disappointed to see that people are at such high positions and they don’t accept women as equal, and it is shocking to see that they are involved in such shameful acts. I’ll try all my best to give advice but I can’t change a person.”

Yousafzai talks Donald Trump


Yousafzai also talked about US President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual harassment and is also attending the World Economic Forum.

“I just get so disappointed to see that people are in these high positions when they talk about women in unequal terms and do not accept them as equals,” Yousafzai told the audience. “It’s shocking to think this is happening. I hope that people stand up and speak about it.”

“And that when people are involved in such shameful things they think about their daughters and their mothers. Would they let it happen to them?” she added.

At the end of the session, Yousafzai stressed that the education of boys about women’s rights is crucial.

“When we talk about feminism and women’s rights, we are talking to men. We have to teach young boys how to be men.”

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