I raise up my voice — not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world.
Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.
If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.
With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.
Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’ and then forgotten.
Our men think earning money and ordering around others is where power lies. They don’t think power is in the hands of the woman who takes care of everyone all day long, and gives birth to their children.
Though we loved school, we hadn’t realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us. Going to school, reading and doing our homework wasn’t just a way of passing time, it was our future.