Experience shows that if you give 100$ to a guy, he will most likely spend most of it to follow his own interests. His family, relatives and respective group of people will follow far behind and are lucky if they benefit of it in one or the other way.
On the contrary, girls and women tend to invest money more thoughtfully, think about how and where to best invest it and are more focussed on having their closed-ones and society benefit from it as well. That’s why in many development projects, it is the women who are specifically addressed.
And that’s also why the story of Malala Yousafzai is not only the story of a simple girl standing in for her rights. It is the story of a girl fighting for her right for an education and in the same time for potentially improving life conditions for all of the people belonging to her circle. I am sure there are many more Malalas in this world who haven’t been heard up to now!
I won’t forget the morning I saw the news. I reluctantly picked up the paper and my heart sank. There on the front page was her picture. A pair of deep dark eyes stared back at me. The innocent yet determined eyes of a child well beyond her years. Her name is Malala Yousafzai and she is on the cusp of womanhood. A mere fourteen years old. Half child. Half woman. Still a girl but with the power, bravery and perserverence of only the strongest women on earth. The strength and courage to stand up to an entire nation built on repression. The determination to fight for something so important to her, that she would risk her life for it. The simple right to learn.
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