“That is why they are blasting schools every day — because they were and they are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring to our society,” she said.
And she gave her own opposing interpretation of Islam to the Taliban’s.
“They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would send girls to hell just because of going to school. The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society for their own personal benefits. Islam is a religion of peace, humanity and brotherhood. Islam says that it is not only each child’s right to get education, rather it is their duty and responsibility,” she said.
Such ability to articulate what normally remains unarticulated — to give voice to young people normally silenced — has generated its own response.
The “stand with Malala” petition, calling for education for the 57 million children around the world who do not go to school, has attracted more than 4 million signatures — more than 1 million having been added in the past few days.