What You Will Learn
I Am Malala
The episode covers Malala's early life in a society where girls were expected to stay home, her father's belief in education for all, tension with a self-proclaimed Mufti, the arrival of the Taliban, the rise of Faz Lula and increased Taliban threat, closure of girls' schools, and Malala's activism.
Malala's Father's Ambition
Despite initially having only three students, Malala's father's school eventually grew and expanded to multiple locations.
The Taliban changed their tactics and started targeting politicians and police officers who didn't adhere to Sharia law or other extreme practices.
Malala started giving interviews and felt support coming from all around her. She believed she had the responsibility to speak up for girls' rights.
Closure of Girls' Schools
The Taliban declared that no girls could go to school anymore, leading to the closure of Malala's school.
Malala's Shooting and Global Attention
Malala was shot by the Taliban while on a bus home from school. Her survival brought global attention to women's education and Islamic rights.
Global Support for Malala
Malala received support from influential figures like Beyonce, Selena Gomez, and Angelina Jolie.
Importance of Education
Malala believes education is a constitutional right for every child and continues to advocate for access to education.
Targeting of Girls' Schools
Girls' schools continue to be targeted with shooting and bombing attacks, denying millions of girls access to education.
- Malala's Early Life and Education
- Tension with the Mufti and Arrival of the Taliban
- Rise of Faz Lula and Increased Taliban Threat
- Closure of Girls' Schools and Malala's Activism
Malala's Early Life and Education
00:00 - 11:51
- Malala grew up in a society where girls were expected to stay home and serve their brothers and fathers.
- Girls and women needed a male relative to accompany them outside.
- Malala's father believed in the importance of education for all, including girls.
- He opened a school with lofty ambitions but initially had only three students.
- Despite the small start, the school eventually grew and expanded to multiple locations.
- Malala's father started multiple schools and Malala loved being a student.
Tension with the Mufti and Arrival of the Taliban
05:58 - 17:31
- A self-proclaimed Mufti criticized the girls' school, claiming it was against Islamic teachings.
- There was tension between Malala's father and the Mufti over religious ideologies.
- A compromise was reached where the girls would enter through a different gate.
- The Taliban arrived in the valley when Malala was 10 years old, appearing intimidating and carrying weapons.
- The Taliban spread their messages through an illegal radio station.
Rise of Faz Lula and Increased Taliban Threat
11:33 - 23:10
- The podcast discusses how a radio man named Faz Lula gained popularity by spreading messages gradually from moderate to extreme views.
- Faz Lula claimed that a polio vaccine was an American plot to make Muslim women infertile, leading to the death of the country's population.
- Faz Lula made extreme statements like there should be no education for women and started congratulating girls who dropped out of school.
- Malala, a young girl at the time, questioned why girls were discouraged from going to school and stood up for her own beliefs.
- Faz Lula became more extreme over time, even making statements about sacrificing two-legged animals which referred to humans.
- The danger of the Taliban crept closer to where they were, and eventually, the Pakistan army battled against them but didn't fully drive them out.
- The Taliban changed their tactics and started targeting politicians and police officers who didn't adhere to Sharia law or other extreme practices.
Closure of Girls' Schools and Malala's Activism
17:09 - 35:32
- The Taliban targeted politicians, police, and those who didn't adhere to Sharia law.
- Malala carried her books everywhere but had to hide them from the Taliban.
- Girls continued to drop out of school due to threats from Faz Lula's radio show.
- Malala's father kept a poem in his pocket about speaking out against injustice.
- It's easier to turn a blind eye, but soon there may be no one left to speak up.
- Malala started giving interviews and felt support coming from all around her.
- She believed she had the responsibility to speak up for girls' rights.
- The Taliban declared that no girls could go to school anymore.
- Malala hoped someone would intervene, but eventually their school closed.
- Journalists came to find out what the community thought of the school closure.
- Speaking on a global scale put a target on Malala's head.
- Education was important to Malala, and losing it was devastating for her.