It is time for women to raise their voice, says Malala at Davos


DAVOS:  Nobel Prize laureate and social activist Malala Yousafzai on Thursday said that it’s time for women to raise their voices, adding that the fight to propagate female education is not something that a single person can accomplish and that this needs to be done collectively.

While speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) session titled, ‘An Insight, An Idea with Malala Yousafzai’, she said that all she can do is to send as many girls to school as possible, and she tries to do exactly that.

She said that this responsibility should be realised by everyone.

She further said: “Imagine how many girls we lose daily? Recently, I went to Lebanon and I met female Syrian refugees. I asked the girls what they what to become when they grow up, one of the girls said she wants to be an architect. I asked her, ‘why do you want to be an architect’. She replied that when she was leaving Syria, she saw so much destruction and devastation. She decided that she will rebuild her country once she goes back.”

Malala stressed, “You have to speak out for those girls. They are a resource for their community.”

Talking about the United States (US) President Trump Malala said that it is disappointing to see people openly talking against women, as they just cannot accept as women as being their equals.

About feminism, she said that when she came to hear about feminism, it was not about women’s right, not about equality. She said that feminism was looked down upon as something controversial and that she wasn’t too sure about what the word meant. But as she researched a bit on the subject she found out that the word just meant ‘equality.’

Many celebrities, politicians, journalists, businessmen among others are attending the WEF that is currently being held in Davos.

Malala Yousafzai came to prominence when she was shot in the head, by the Taliban in 2012, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, north-west of the country’s capital Islamabad.

She was a given a Nobel Prize for Peace by the United Nations in 2014 when she was 17.