Malala Yousafzai, is a 16-year-old young women raised in Pakistan. Many expected Malala to be youngest recipient of Nobel Peace Prize. If you haven't yet been introduced to her, through her courageous true-life story, which has captured the attention of the socially conscious, globally, this short video-clip extracted from her guest appearance on, The Daily Show, with John Stewart, should be sufficient - for now.

Please take a few minutes and be present with, Malala, as she describes in child-like detail, as a child, how she determined to face the Taliban if they ever came to take her life, simply because of how she uses her words - which they did. 

Video: Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show

(begin at 01:50 mark)

Malala, is clearly an extraordinary person. Every facet of her young life is compelling, which is why in the telling of her very personal story, it has caused people everywhere to not only take note, but to stand - and reverence the dignity, grace and power in how a mere child has taken on evil, through the use of her words to speak truth, and on behalf of the most oppressed among us: women and children.

Her cause: education. And because education for women and children is a social issue of great concern to many throughout the world, Malala's profound courage to willingly face death to speak for her cause, in a part of the world where if you are female, you basically don't exist, and in direct opposition to those who would eventually try to take her life for doing so, is commanding of not only all of our attention, but personal introspection.


Malala's example of courage to speak truth with boldness, beyond what most will ever be required to measure, should bring forth from the deepest, most private part of the inner soul, the courage to ponder the same questions Malala was pressed to consider in order to fulfill her own life's mission:

What words am I willing to die for...?


Am I speaking them now?

Are my words being heard in order to make a difference for good in the lives of others?

"It is human nature that we don't learn the importance of anything
 until it is snatched from our hands." ~ Malala Yousafzai

Kathryn Skaggs

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