Earlier this month, the Pakistani Taliban opened fire on a school bus. Two girls were shot. At first, it seemed a familiar story. The Taliban, after all, has bombed hundreds of schools, especially those for girls.
But here’s what’s new: Mass protests ensued against the Taliban, and in favor of women. That’s startling and refreshing in Pakistan.
This past week, thousands of demonstrators thronged to the streets to protest the Taliban’s brutality towards women. They’re rallying around one person, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. Malala was one of the girls who was shot on that school bus. She was not an accidental target. The Taliban directly sought her out and shot her in the head. They wanted to kill not only Malala, but what she stood for. Here’s why: Continue reading