To summarize Malala as just a young girl fighting for her right to education is an understatement to her involvement for women’s education initiatives.
It is imperative that we gain perspective from all sides of the story. Malala and her story did not come out of nowhere, but rather came as the result of Western involvement in the East and the seek to save people from themselves, a la “The White Man’s Burden.”
Before we make broad, sweeping statements as to what will best benefit roughly 130 million girls and millions of boys, we must put outside our own personal beliefs and agendas and accept that while many cultures agree with protecting the girl, how that is translated and put into practice differs in ways that we may not expect.
There are consequences to putting Malala in a narrative that is ready for consumption.