Malala used to live in Pakistan, a country that disregards the very elementary rights of children, particularly of female children.
Malala didn’t accept this disregard.
Malala outraged herself, that she shouldn’t be allowed to go to school. And Malala didn’t obey the rules manifesting that. She nearly died therefore but still doesn’t give in.
Malala has an example for her form of protest, Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful protest.
That is a very wise choose. On the one hand because protesting peacefully keeps the own person free from being accused of aggression.
And on the other hand it is a worldwide very admired form of protest.
But is dangerous and difficult to stay strictly peaceful.
For those, who represent what the protest is aimed against, it is nearly impossible to fight peaceful protest with same means.
In many cases such protest is therefore ended by violence, killing, imprisonment or other forms of oppression.
That’s very dangerous for everybody who chooses peaceful protesting in an aggressive, hostile country.
And it’s surely very difficult to stay peaceful in a world of aggression. Aggression is a human emotion. And to react peaceful when confronted with violence and aggression against the own person is an act of very strong willpower.
The second important part of Malala’s protest is, to outrage herself. She didn’t fear the conflict she caused by demanding a right, her country refuses to give her.
She didn’t run away from that conflict, perhaps by looking for an other way to get what she longed for.
She didn’t hide herself to take the injustice as fate.
That will have done a lot of other children and their parents in her country. It’s a very common form of behaviour in front of injustice, to keep away from trouble. That supports systems of injustice witch are mostly based upon the fear of people to risk anything to improve their situation.
Malala didn’t support the system, instead she brought it into deep trouble with her fearlessness. So deep, that they probably tried to kill her.
It’s her willpower and the fearlessness that make Malala’s personality so very special.
It’s something to look up to and to admire. And that she is a very young woman, nearly still a child makes it even more impressing!
Malala has teachers and parents, who taught her to be that way and who support her. The Nobel peace prize belongs to them as well a little bit.
It needs a lot of courage to teach a child those skills in a hostile world.
It would be a great signal by this noble peace prize, if it would encourage parents all over the world to educate their own children to be a little bit like Malala, strong and fearless.
The world has a lot of tasks for such personalities nowadays and in the future.