Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistan native, who in 2014 won a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for children’s right to an education, against the laws of the Taliban currently terrorizing the country and its residents. In response to her protest and vocal opinion in regards to girls rights to education, a Taliban soldier shot her in the head. Amazingly, Malala survived. Malala Nobel Peace Prize Speech
It is amazing that a girl my age would do something so incredible. It is extremely humbling, because I personally try very hard to do the right thing and be a good person, but I can’t say I would have the courage to do what Malala did. When I got this discussion topic, I assumed most people would choose to discuss a politician or celebrity; I actually thought thats what we were expected to discuss. Why I chose Malala is simple: selflessness. A lot of celebrities and politicians do what they do for recognition or money; Malala changed the world expecting no one to know, and possibly not being around to see the change she made.
Selflessness is a key value to me and that is why I feel connected to this girl. Even after something so tragic happened to her, she continued to fight for the rights and equalities she knew her peers and herself were entitled. It also made me appreciate our country as well. We have so many rights and privileges we take advantage of when people, like Malala, are more worthy than us. She is truly an exemplary definition of leadership and all that definition entails.