Reflective Essay: He Named Me Malala

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Going to school is not a regular activity for children in some parts of the world. Education is the right of every child, but some of them are denied this right based on gender. Girls in Pakistan are starving for a chance to attend schools, universities, colleges etc. The Taliban deny the girls their quest for knowledge. Before watching the documentary, I assumed that both boys and girls are treated equally in all parts of the world. Sexism and gender inequality is a problem among communities in the world. Although I was aware of social justice based on race and political opinions, I didn’t know that children are denied education based on their sex. From the documentary, it is interesting how Malala is broad enough to condemn the Taliban for denying a chance for girls to go to school. She is shown as an activist young lady, who fights for education. On October 9, Taliban wanted to kill her on her way home from school. She sustained injuries after a gunshot. She survived the attack, and she continues to fight for girls rights to education.
The Taliban have defined the role of women as homemakers and children bearers. Allowing them to acquire the education is a threat to them. Educated women will demand new social roles, such as leadership, and they will make their voice hard. It is only fair for the Taliban to keep women in the dark, so that they can control them. Educating girls is morally significant in addition to socioeconomic benefits. Women and girls, who have no access to education, find it hard to make decisions on their own. Most of them depend on men to make decisions, such as how many children to have and what social activities to engage into. Lack of education limits women from engaging individual professionals. They become dependent, and this facilitates to increase in poverty. Girls cannot be heard, and they are discriminated against as they lack knowledge of their rights. Encouraging women into education will reduce poverty while reducing social injustices based on gender.
An opportunity to learn is facilitated by the government through the building of schools. Both boys and girls attend same classes. In Pakistan, there are separate schools for females and males. The girls find it difficult to go to school as Taliban burned down their school. The experience is horrible, and it takes only brave girls like Malala to access education. Women are not only discriminated only in education, but also in other social platforms. Women have to fight for a position of power. They are prevented from taking certain positions of authority in a country just because they are born female.
Fighting for what you believe in and lack of support can be scary. I remember an event when I was against discrimination of a boy who was physically challenged. The boy had to use a wheelchair as his feeble feet would not support him. Some of my friends mocked him, and I had to explain to them how it feels to be different and how they should treat the boy. Malala inspires me throughout the documentary. She fights for equal rights for men and women, the right to go to school. She is not scared of the Taliban men as she is ready to face her activist life for all consequences. “It’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.” The quote shows the girl’s thirst for education. They find it precious yet rare like a diamond.

Work Cited
He Named Me Malala. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, performances by Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, IMDB, 2015.

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