The Plight of Women Across the World: Malala Yousafzai

12th November 2013

Today on the Pulse we took an in-depth look at the plight of women and girls across the world. We looked at the case of Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan on her way to school last year. Today we were looking at the impact this had had and what it has done for the promotion of education for women and girls worldwide.

We can hear an account given by Malala about the day she was shot by the Taliban. This is Malala speaking on the Andrew Marr show.

Esther Akanya is a PHD student at the University of Nottingham, who specialise in the rights of women across the world, spoke to URN and offered some interesting insight in to the issues we were discussing on the show.

We spoke to some students about their views of Malala and her campaign for education worldwide.

Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations Youth Assembly earlier this year and explained the need for increased education across the world.

Anniesa Hussein is a student at the University of Nottingham and is originally from Pakistan. She spoke to us about the impact Malala has had in the country and whether she thinks Malala’s actions have produced positive change in the country.

Finally we asked student if they were inspired by the case of Malala and her campaign for education.

We were inundated with texts throughout the show. Here is a summary of some of the ones we spoke about.

Here is one other text that we received:

The thing it made me think the most is, if this is what girls and women (and boys and men) will go through in developing nations just to access education, then in the “west” where many of us take education for granted (not withstanding concerns about the impact of fees in this country), we should really celebrate our ability to be educated as a right, and we should give our all to the opportunity that is afforded to us. Yes, enjoy yourselves at the weekend – but during the week, devote yourself to your studies – recognise what a privilege it is, on a world stage, to be able to do so.