“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world’’

Malala Yousafzai

The current world population is 7.9 billion according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by World meter.(1)

Among the 7.9 billion of the human population, 3.82 billion are females.(2)

But according to the world literacy ration that only 73.1 per cent females are literate.(3)

The above are some population related statistics that require our attention this World Population Day. Women constitute half of the population of the earth. But according to studies, this half of the total population is undervalued, underpaid and undereducated. This compression is a result of the gender biases that prevail even in the 21st century

Women are often deprived of opportunities, education and freedom and are held captive with the handcuffs of religion, patriarchy, bias and prejudice. These issues are much more prevalent in the world’s largest democracy than in any other part of the world. Amidst this injustice and deprivation, the lionesses have risen and their roars have impacted the population hugely.

Malala Yousafzai, an activist who stood strong for women’s rights and was ready to even sacrifice her life for the woman kind. Not only did she stand up for herself but also fought for the rights of others. Her words and ideas were so extremely moving that, every year, the 12th of July is celebrated as the World Malala Day.

Here are some inspirational words by Malala Yousafzai from her autobiography ‘I am Malala’, that have the power to empower:

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

Since ages women are deprived of rights and basic forms of expression. They are compressed with rituals and certain codes of conduct implied by the society. The importance of something is only known when one is deprived of it. This deprivation from the society has caused the woman kind to stand strong, with valor for their rights and fight for themselves.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Like one lit candle is enough to abolish darkness, one strong voice can bring about a change in the world. When the world is blinded by the darkness of corruption and false believes one must rise like a bright torch and open gates to glory and revolution.

“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.”

When the world is cloaked by the dirt of prejudices and stereotypes. When voices of victims are silenced. One should raise their voice not just for oneself but also for the voiceless and silenced.

“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”

The pen is always stronger than a sword. With a sword one can kill a terrorist but with education we can put a stop to terrorism, discrimination and all social evils.

“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”

To bring about a revolution is a very arduous endeavor. But one should always stand strong, and defeat the fear and roadblocks with ten times the courage.

Malala is an inspiration and still continues to stand strong and fight for equal rights education for both men and women. She was also attacked by the terrorists of Taliban with gunshots, but her courage did not wavier. She rose with more power and fought for what she believed. Malala gave voice to the thousands silenced and deprived in the name of religion and caste norms.

“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.”

When your believes are stronger than the universe even death and terrorism fail to block your path. Salute to Malala Yousafzai, and thousands of other Super Stris, that believe in themselves and fearlessly aim to conquer the world.

1.https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

2.https://countrymeters.info/en/World

3.https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/literacy-rate-by-country

4.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17851885-i-am-malala

article by #SuperStri : A.Amitabh (@anoushkacentral)