“At 13, she is no longer an individual. She becomes the honour of her family.”

Malala Yousafzai, activist and Nobel peace prize winner, is an inspiration to many across the globe. Her story of raising her voice for education against the Taliban has become stuff of legend. But how much do we know about how she came to be so vocal, so vociferous in her defence of women’s rights? How, at such a young age, was she able to speak eloquently when there were countless others who would not?

Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, an educator in his own right, is the reason. Seldom heard of but known mostly for being Malala’s dad, he talks about how he schooled his daughter to believe in a new paradigm of equal rights, equal freedoms and free speech. In his words, he says, “I did not clip her wings.”

 

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