Quotes by: Malala Yousafzai
Malala at Girl Summit, 2014
12 July 1997 |
Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
||Birmingham, United Kingdom
||Edgbaston High School
||Student, humanitarian, former blogger for BBC Urdu and Activist
||The Malala Fund
||Activist for the right to education, especially female education
Tor Pekai Yousafzai (mother)
Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)
Nobel Peace Prize
Simone de Beauvoir Prize
Honorary Canadian citizenship
National Youth Peace Prize
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.
It is true that when there's a drone attack, those - that the - the terrorists are killed, it's true. But 500 and 5,000 more people rises against it, and more terrorism occurs, and more - more bomb blasts occurs.
I'm not a character like Rapunzel or Cinderella; my story looks like any other.
When I was born, some of our relatives came to our house and told my mother, 'Don't worry, next time you will have a son.'
My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights.
In countries other than Pakistan - I won't necessarily call them 'Western' - people support me. This is because people there respect others. They don't do this because I am a Pashtun or a Punjabi, a Pakistani, or an Iranian, they do it because of one's words and character. This is why I am being respected and supported there.
In Swat, there are two jobs a woman's going to do: a teacher or a doctor. If not, then become a housewife.
When someone tells me about Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban - that's my definition for her - I don't think she's me. Now I don't even feel as if I was shot. Even my life in Swat feels like a part of history or a movie I watched. Things change. God has given us a brain and a heart which tell us how to live.
I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.
It's quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger.
The important thing to note is that it is not important whether Malala was shot or not - Malala is not asking for personal favors or support. She is asking for support with girls' education and women's rights. So don't support Malala, support her campaign for girls' education and women's rights.
At night when I used to sleep, I was thinking all the time that shall I put a knife under my pillow.
I know now that what countries do at summits has the power to help girls in Pakistan, Nigeria or Afghanistan.
It gets quite difficult for me when I listen to pop music. I don't often understand the words, but when someone translates them to me, I think, 'What is this song representing? That women are just there to be treated like objects?'