Malala’s fight

by: Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and MP | on: Friday, 19 October 2012, 10:31

Gordon Brown MP
Gordon Brown MP

Seven days after she was shot by the Taliban, there is some encouraging news that Malala Yousafzai is making progress in the specialist unit of a brilliant hospital I know well – Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Not just the British people, but the whole world is wishing Malala well. That is why we have also launched a campaign to ensure that public support for Malala's message is heard at the highest levels of Pakistan's government when I personally carry your massed voices to the President. You can sign the petition and see the film of Malala’s story here at

Her wonderful words are on our website today, spoken last year when she outlined the importance of her campaign for girls' education. You will see from her statements why she has captured the imagination of girls everywhere and why the horrific attack on her is universally condemned.

Malala’s father says her family will continue the fight for a girl’s right to education.

He says they will not be deterred by repeated Taliban threats to end both her life and his.

He says that they are sustained by the widespread support from all over the world.

Yesterday Angelina Jolie and Tina Brown set up a fund for girls' education in Afghanistan and Pakistan in honor of Malala.

This week ‘Hope not Hate’, an organisation I have long admired and whose campaign fights intolerance and racial extremism everywhere, has asked its members to sign a card for Malala sending their best wishes. This card is to be presented to the Pakistani High Commissioner to take to Malala. Their website is here:

All around the world, protesters with 'I am Malala’ t-shirts and badges are raising the banner of the right of every girl to go to school.

Malala may have been halted temporarily, but her cause can never be silenced. This wonderful young woman is fighting for her life because she fought for the right of every girl to go to school.

Now we must all fight for Malala’s cause.

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