Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani social rights activist, graced the cover of the magazine Teen Vogue, 2019. The last magazine of the decade pays tribute to the young reformist and social rights activists across the globe.
The statement in the magazine read that the current edition of the magazine highlights, “brilliant, world-changing demands of teens across the world.”
In an interview with the magazine, Malala talked about various issues such as her resolve to continue education despite debilitating attack, her struggle to cope up with post-depression and her pledge to continue her campaign for girl’s education after recovery.
Malala asserted that education is the best investment that you can make. Adding that “I realised that if I cannot go to school, my life could be early child marriage, becoming a mother, becoming a grandmother, and not having the opportunity to be myself, to explore the opportunities that are available out there that a boy would have access to. But I would not.”
She said that while dissension within Pakistan stymied her recovery from depression it was the help and support from the doctors, nurses and warm messages from people around the globe helped to overcome mentally and physically challenging circumstances.
She advised people that one must lessen the use of social media in life and prioritize mental and physical health. Adding that “From social media to technology, there’s competition and selfies, and all these things are spreading. So we need to take care of ourselves. Make sure you’re healthy and fine and getting enough sleep. Yeah, I’m including myself in that.”
Malala added just like the ongoing decade flourished young activists from around the globe, the next decade will see these young activists taking the lead in the world and transforming their visions into reality.
“That’s what gives me hope,” said Malala Yousafzain while talking about the surge in youth activism.
Yousafzai said that she considers herself among the new bevy of change-makers. The rise of youth activism motivates her to work more actively and passionately for her cause.
While talking about using religion as the pretext to hinder women’s empowerment, she pleaded religious scholars to come forward and preach humanity that no religion orders for the gender-based disparity, but every religion be it, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity call for equal rights for people.