"On Malala Yousufzai and Educating Girls"

by Madiha Afzal

The Express Tribune dated October 2012

Today, Pakistan is in an uproar over the targeted shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai by the Taliban. The Taliban, quick to claim responsibility for the attack, called her advocacy for the education of children, and particularly that of girls, in Swat an “obscenity”, warning the rest of Pakistan to not follow in her footsteps: “let this be a lesson”. With this tragic incident, Pakistan is at a crossroads in the war for its future. The two paths in front of the country are clear. It can tumble down the route of Afghanistan or take the long and uphill route to becoming a relatively peaceful and prosperous country, like India.

For more on this topic, see Afzal's CISSM Working Paper, "Are the Better Educated Less Likely to Support Militancy and Terrorism? Women Are."