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5 reasons we love Malala Yousafzai

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5 reasons we love Malala Yousafzai

Malala Have you picked up our March issue yet to see Malala Yousafzai as our Woman of the Hour? We couldn't be prouder to have her as an honorary Canadian. We featured Malala in March as part of our celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), because of all the work she's done for women and all the attention she's brought to girls' rights to education. Education has been a proven equalizer, because knowledge is power. But there are many other reasons to recognize this formidable young woman. Here are five reason we love Malala. 1. She is wise beyond her years.  Following in her activist father's footsteps, Malala was just 11 when she began making speeches for women's rights and blogging about her experience trying to get an education in spite of the Taliban's efforts to deprive her of one. Even then she knew the importance of education and getting the truth out to the world. Now a teen, she continues to contribute to political discussion about women's rights in a mature and compelling way. She is smart, self-assured, and she has us listening. 2. She is forgiving. In the article Christina Lamb wrote for our March issue, she shares how Malala told her she didn't want vengeance on the men who tried to kill her; she just wanted to talk to them. It takes a big heart to treat those who hate with such compassion. 3. She is inspiring women and girls around the world.  Malala's story speaks to everyone. People of all ages and nationalities were moved by what happened to her. Listening to a 10-year-old blogger share her take on Malala's story (see her  speech here) provides hope that Malala's efforts will continue through future generations. 4. She is funny.  In our March issue, Christina Lamb shared a side of Malala we don't often see. She loves joking with her friends and has quite the sense of humour. She was even able to crack up comedian Jon Stewart. [HTML1] 5. She's still going.  An attempted assassination would be enough to scare off anyone—or so you would think. Since Malala was shot in the head, she seems to have gotten stronger and more determined than ever. We can't even imagine what she'll be capable of once she finishes high school! (Photography: WikiCommons/Claude TRUONG-NGOC)
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