On December 7, 2023, in a sincere call for global action, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai urged for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. During her appearance on Geo News' program 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath,' Malala expressed her deep concern over the lack of international pressure for a ceasefire. She emphatically stated that there is no justification for targeting innocent people, accentuating the need for accountability for countries involved in war crimes.
Malala's Appeal for Gaza and Afghan Refugees
Malala's heartfelt plea wasn't restricted to the Gaza conflict. In the same conversation, she addressed the issue of Afghan refugees. She condemned forced evictions as a cruel act and called on Pakistani authorities to reverse the decision to displace Afghan citizens. Her words held an implicit criticism of the world's silence and inaction towards the humanitarian crisis plaguing the region.
Women's Rights in Afghanistan
Malala went on to criticize the Taliban for stripping women of their rights upon seizing power. She likened the Taliban's treatment of women in Afghanistan to apartheid, expressing concern about their impact on education and access to critical thinking. She denounced the prevention of girls from accessing higher education based on misconceptions imposed by the Taliban's regime.
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Previously, during the tenth anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death in Johannesburg, Malala had drawn attention to the illegal status imposed on being a girl in Afghanistan by the Taliban. She mentioned that Afghan women were previously employed, held ministry positions, and participated in sports like cricket and football, indicating progress despite challenges. Her remarks served as a stark reminder of the regression caused by the Taliban's rule.