‘I wanted to be a doctornow it’s PM’
Malala on her dream to lead Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai has said she aims to be prime minister of Pakistan one day.
The 19-year-old said she has put aside her ambition to become a doctor and hopes to lead her country to ensure women are not denied an education.
The women’s rights campaigner was speaking to an audience at the Investing in the Future conference in Sharjah yesterday.
Yousafzai said: “We need to inspire women to be beyond limits and in order to do that we need women’s empowerment.
“In grade four, I remember I could only think of women as doctors, teachers or housewives and nothing else.
“But when I saw women role models that broadened my vision. I saw Benazir Bhutto, women artists, entrepreneurs – and it allowed me to see the potential of what women can achieve.”
She added: “My dream quickly changed from becoming a doctor to becoming the prime minister of Pakistan and fixing all of the issues and bringing education.
“Right now, my dream is to spread a global movement for girls’ education.”
The Nobel Peace Prize winner was a keynote speaker at the conference, where she touched on topics such as ending child marriage and on the importance of investing in the education of girls. Malala made global headlines when she By Sarwat Nasir was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan for daring to demand that young girls be allowed to go to school.
Since then, she won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 and has travelled the globe inspiring young women.
She also spoke movingly of the young people she has met on her journey. She recalled a story of a Burundi refugee she had met in Rwanda who had been a victim of sexual abuse.
She said: “She stood up to share her story – that these wars, created mainly by men, had displaced them.
“It made them homeless, but worse, they have become a victim of violence and sexual abuse.
“We all burst into tears when she said she and her friend were victims of sexual abuse and she had become a mother when she was still in school.
“But at the end, she gave a message to men. She said men need to respect women because we are half of the population, but we are also half of the population that gave birth to you. That is why I believe men’s contribution is crucial.” – Malala speaking in Sharjah We need to inspire women to be beyond their limits and in order to do that we need women’s empowerment’
INSPIRATION: Malala was surrounded by young fans eager to meet her and have pictures taken