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“Whether you’re a feminist or an economist, you should want to see all girls in school”, Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai recently shared her one-year experience at prestigious Oxford University in British Vogue Magazine. Earlier, the editor of the magazine shared the news of Malala gracing the October’s edition.

From sharing her starting days at the University of Oxford Malala Yousafzai penned down her deepest aspiration to ensure equal educational opportunities for the 130 million girls in the world.

“With my sub fuse academic dress at the ready, pre-reading completed and new walking boots waiting in my wardrobe, I started my first week at Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall in October of last year,” the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate penned.

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Malala Yousafzai said in the early days it was difficult for her to adjust to the new situation since she missed her family. “In the beginning, I missed my parents, and sometimes even my little brothers, too. They often complain that I don’t miss them as much as they miss me — which is probably true. But that is because life at Oxford is busy,” added Malala.

“I overwhelmed myself with the possibilities of university life. And I’m grateful for that. I know how lucky I am to have access to an incredible education, lectures, art, sport, and new perspectives,” she continued.

Expressing gratitude over having an opportunity to be enrolled in Oxford University, she stated her wish to ensure that same freedom and ample enriching opportunities to every girl. “Now 21, I am able to study at a prestigious university — but I want to live in a world where every girl is able to weigh her future career options in the way I hope to when I graduate,” wrote Malala.

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Ms. Yousafzai stated that irrespective of circumstances many girls go against the tides to reach school and study. She stressed that depriving girls of education is a global problem and every person be it an economist or feminist must commit themselves to the cause.

“Today, there are more than 130 million girls who are out of school around the world. Many are forced to marry as young as 11 or 12 years old, so instead of learning, they are cooking, cleaning and raising children of their own. In many places, poverty forces girls to go to work so they can support their families,” she stated.

“Too often in wars and conflicts, girls must flee their homes and their schools. They have no choice. Most of them never go back to the classroom. Some girls brave long walks, risking street harassment and sexual violence, just to get to their school. Some girls have no schools at all.”

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“It should be obvious that 130 million out-of-school girls are not just a problem for these young women individually but for our whole world,” Malala went on. “When girls have access to 12 years of education, primary and secondary, they reduce the risk of violent conflict.”

“Whether you’re a feminist or an economist – or just a person who wants to live in a better world – you should want to see all girls in school. Speak out against injustice when you see it,” she wrote.