Meeting Malala

UN Women National Committee Australia Board Member, Fiona Lang recently had the opportunity to meet Malala Yousafzai during her visit to Australian shores.

“On International Human Rights Day on Monday (10th December), I had the extraordinary privilege of meeting Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai is the Education Activist and Author and the world’s youngest Nobel Laureate and is an extraordinary young woman.

Malala grew up in the Swat Valley in Pakistan and from the age of 10 campaigned for the rights of girls to receive an education. Due to her championing of this cause, when she was 15 years old she fell victim to an attack by the Taliban when travelling home from school. Having made her recovery, Malala has taken her campaigning worldwide. A passionate, funny and engaging young woman, Malala fights every day for every girl everywhere to have the basic human right to access education.

Meeting Malala was a truly inspiring experience and a moment of realisation – When we meet inspiring people, who against the odds speak out, stand up and risk everything, it is a reminder of how powerful we can be when we use our voices.

Defending human rights is something we can all do in little and big actions, and in the words we use every day.

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