When Societies Confuse Their Heroes and Villains
Last Wednesday in parliament there was a beautiful outpouring of affection for Malala Yousafzai, newly bestowed an honorary Canadian citizenship for her bravery and commitment to the cause of education for women.
Her story is inspiring. As a young girl she followed her father’s advice and advocated for education for girls in Pakistan. This went against regional Taliban militants who banned television, music and education for girls.
They targeted her as a result of this, boarding her school bus and shooting her in the face.
She survived, continuing to go to school and defiantly refusing to hide her books under her scarf.