Saturday Night Live or the focus on a particular event that relates to our theme.
Since some autumns will remain in our minds for longer than others, here we go with a little contribution for Saturday Night Live concerning Malala Yousafzai who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2013.
It’s not everyday that one learns about winning a Nobel Peace Prize in addition to her chemistry and physics classes. It certainly did come as a surprise for a 17 year-old Malala Yousafzai to become the youngest one awarded, since it was first granted over a century ago. The extraordinary teenager has been actively defending the case of girls’ education, focusing on her native Swat district, currently restrained by the Talibans. She remained the aim of the extremists since she decided to abandon anonymity when working as a contributor for the BBC since the age of 11. Met with international recognition, her writing showed the frustration caused by the inability of women to receive education, as something unacceptable in the Taliban frameworks. Her determination to obtain one of the basic human rights and the will of ‘joining her brothers’ in daily trips to school made her the object of an attack. She was shot three times in the head and neck when 15. The lucky survivor recovered just in time to deliver a powerful speech at the United Nations, on her 16th birthday. Considering the recent incident, her plea for education for children of extremists, especially the Talibans, met with shock combined with a whooping disbelief. A peculiar mixture for someone in her teenage years.
With an habitual modesty, when first informed about the winning, she simply stayed till the school day was over. Joining the elite club of such notables as Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa, Malala remains calm and utterly normal. She plans a collaboration with the other winner-Indian children’s rights activist-Kailash Satyarthi and continuing on her work as powerful spokesperson for women’s’ education. Armed with her motto: ‘One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world’, the juvenile is already making history.
The Daily Show: Extended Interview: Malala Yousafzai.