By Iftikhar Hussain
Malala Peace Nobel message is loud and clear, “We survived, our voices have grown louder and louder.”
A win for the mainstream Pashtun narrative: Malala speaks form her heart and her voice always have a greater appeal globally. Malala message at the Nobel Peace Award Ceremony in Oslo was clear and resolute when she said; “the terrorists tried to stop us and attacked me and my friends on October 09, 2012, but their bullets could not win”.
Malala, a symbol of world hope: Malala Yusafzai offered hope Wednesday that her prize will inspire young girls all over the world to fight for their rights and to step forward to lead. She said “I feel that it’s not just me receiving the award,” Malala said. “It’s all these girls, this young generation, they have been working so hard, and it’s their voice that I would be raising in my speech today.”
Thinking locally, acting globally: As the first-ever Pashtun to have received Nobel Peace Award, she was laser focused on the top issue of girls education in the region amid the threats posed by armed extremists and yet she made it with a global appeal. She called on the world community, “We ask the world leaders to unite and make education their top priority.”
Malala working for a Global Cause: Though she comes from a small town of Swat in northern Pakistan, she is working for a global cause and at Oslo the world listened to her. She told the gathering, “I am not alone. It is the voice of those 66 million girls. Education went from being a right to being a crime; we had a thirst for education. So it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education.” Let this be the last time that a girl is told education is a crime and not a right.” It is for those voiceless children, who want change”.
Youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yusafzai, being a youngest ever recipient of the award shared her feelings adding a little bit humor to it. She said, “Though I appear as one girl, one person, who is 5 foot 2 inches tall, if you include my high heels. I am not a lone voice, I am many. As far as I know, I am just a committed and stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers Malala Yusafzai, This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education.”
Looking for common grounds, different faiths, one voice: Malala’s speech was a true reflection of the fact that the people of different faiths in the world face same issues and need common efforts to be resolved. She joined her co-recipient Kailash Satyarthi sharing her cause of children rights. She said, “I am not alone. I am sharing my award with Kailash Satyarthi; work for human rights. Kailash is from Indian and I am from Pakistan, He believes on Hinduism and I believe on Islam. This lesson to the world. She says, as my father gives me something extra but never clips my wings, I am very thankful to my father that they do not clip my wings”.
Thorbjoern Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, said at the ceremony in Oslo, “A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity. Fraternity between the nations!”
Malala’s global bond: The Salt Lake Tribune writes that Malala has felt the bond of a global sisterhood of sorts, with women gathering the strength to fight for education, the key to a future. To drive home the point that women must have greater inclusion in the next generation of leaders, she brought five girls to the festivities from Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan to share their hopes and dreams of a better life.
The newly minted laureate has herself often expressed her wish to lead — setting sights on one day becoming Pakistani prime minister and following in the steps of the late Benazir Bhutto.