Today Malala made her first phone call — to Pakistani news anchor Hamid Mir, who was targeted in an assassination attempt yesterday, likely for giving so much coverage to Malala’s case (when she was out of their reach, the Taliban began targeting journalists who reported her story).
“Malala Yousafzai and her father just called me from UK and expressed their solidarity. Malala said that Insha Allah we will defeat terrorists,” Mir tweeted.
Yesterday, Malala topped Obama on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers: she came it at No. 6, while the president was No. 7.
“The Taliban’s most fearsome enemy in Pakistan isn’t U.S. drones or the military’s tanks: It’s a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Malala Yousafzai’s tool of defiance? Her own bravery in speaking out for the simple idea that girls should have access to the same education as boys,” wrote FP. “That shouldn’t be a radical notion in 2012, but even as Pakistan bristles with roughly 100 nuclear warheads, up to 60 percent of women are still illiterate and two out of every five girls fail to finish primary school. Challenging the tyranny of those low expectations can get you killed in today’s Pakistan.”
Change in Pakistan will come from within, and it’s girls like Malala who will lead the way, fearlessly inspiring an entire generation. Make a statement to the TIME editors — vote Malala for Person of the Year.