Malala Yousafzai, the young female activist who was shot by the Taliban will speak at Southbank Centre as part of her campaign for equality in education.
From Southbank, “In the past 15 months, 16-year-old Malala has moved from the Swat Valley in Pakistan, a place where gender inequality is overt, to the UK, where it can seem less immediately obvious. Women – and men – across the world have patriarchy in common. It manifests in myriad of ways for women, from low self-esteem as a result of internalising a sense of lesser importance, right through to being forcibly kept from going to school and not being entitled to make any decisions about one’s own body or life. The systemic nature of gender inequality is deeply ingrained in society and imagining a world where women and men are equal is challenging and for some, uncomfortable.
At this special appearance at WOW – Women of the World 2014, Malala will talk about the relationship between Pakistani and British and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices.”