A young Pakistani girl shot for her outspoken campaign involving women's education has quickly become a global phenomenon. A symbol for the fight against injustice and terrorism, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people across continents to join in on a learning revolution which could change the lives of millions.
Having tea with the Queen, chatting with President Obama in the Oval Office and being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala's recognition in the West continues to grow. However, as her popularity burgeons in the west, her reputation within her home country of Pakistan diminishes.
Many bloggers and commentators have denigrated the successes of Malala, calling her a "western puppet" and state why her actions may not be laudable. According to Newsweek, bloggers state "She is being used for anti-Islamic purposes, and talks as if all education for women in Pakistan is banned."
Dilshad Begum, district education officer for Malala's home town of Swat, proclaims "1400 girls and 1700 boys have been attending school after an intensive door to door campaign led by local teacher, the threat of the Taliban is over exaggerated. I have been working for female education for 25 years and never received a threat."
Before the shooting in 2012, records of human rights violations in Swat in 2009 have shown just how appalling militant leaders actions really were. Between 170-200 girl schools were torched or bombed by the end of 2008 and many women were ordered to relinquish their jobs and remain in their homes.
There are young girls and women that face the same adversities as Malala Yousafzai all over the world. Women's access to education and basic human rights are staggeringly low and something must be done. Although Malala's case maybe be glorified, her story represents the unknown deaths and violations brought upon innocent women around the globe and the fight for these rights for all will never cease to persist until they are fully implemented.