Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?


Malala Yousafzai is the young Pakistani girl who the Taliban attempted to assassinate because of her activism for the right to education, especially for women. She survived and has continued speaking out, appearing at Harvard University, the UN, meeting the Queen and many other high profile dignitaries. Her memoir, “I am Malala: The Story of a Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” has topped many Best of 2013 lists and she has been declared “the most famous teenager in the world” by broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Grade 11 student Eva Grant has a different view of Malala’s rise to fame. In this speech, originally delivered at the International Independent Schools’ Public Speaking Championships in October, 2013, Eva suggests that the Taliban was not only to blame for the attempt on Malala’s life. She maintains that competing political interests, the personal ambitions of Malala’s father and a lack of journalistic integrity conspired to make Malala a target. Eva makes a compelling argument for the protection of children and we applaud her independent thought and research behind this topic.

Listen to it here: EvaGrant_MalalaYousafzaiSpeech


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