Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
When Malala was a child, she wished for a magic pencil. She would use the pencil to draw a lock on her door to keep her brothers out and sleep an extra hour every morning by stopping time.
When Malala’s right to attend school was threatened, she picked up a real pencil and wrote about life under the Taliban. People all over the world came to know about the atrocities under the Taliban regime.
What amazed me when I read this book and her biography is her father. He was an advocate for girls’ education and Malala studied in his school. He supported her education and her desire to write and publish about life under the Taliban. The world would not have a Malala if he forced her to stay at home, cook and clean for their family, as expected in his community. Instead, he gave unflinching support for his daughter, stood by her and made sure she did what she felt was right.
This Father’s Day, I wish for more fathers’ who help their daughters realize their dreams.