Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot and nearly murdered by the Taliban for advancing the privilege of young ladies to get education and who, at age 17, turned into the most youthful individual to win the Nobel Peace Prize, graduated from Oxford University this weekend.
“Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford,” Malala, now 22, tweeted on Friday. She added, “I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep.”
Alongside her tweet, Yousafzai posted two pictures. In one, she is celebrating with her family before a graduation cake. The other was taken after a “trashing,” an Oxford custom where students are covered with food and confetti in the wake of finishing their tests.
Malala Yousafzai started learning at Oxford in October 2017, subsequent to being officially acknowledged by one of its schools, Lady Margaret Hall, where Pakistan’s first female head administrator, Benazir Bhutto, studied during the 1970s.
The news was welcomed from salutary notes from a variety of big names, including the previous presidential competitor Pete Buttigieg, himself an Oxford graduate. “Congrats @Malala!,” tweeted Buttigieg. “You had already achieved more than most do in a lifetime before you even began at Oxford, but completing PPE exams is no small thing and will serve you well as you continue to inspire and lead.” And the vocalist Shakira tweeted, “I’m so glad for you @Malala! This is an unbelievable accomplishment. I’m so eager to perceive what you do straightaway yet up to that point, appreciate some me (“you”) time!”
In 2018, when she was entering her second year at Oxford, Malala Yousafzai composed for British Vogue about how far she believed she had come since those early years battling for education and how she hoped that other little youngsters would have the option to travel that equivalent road. “I know how lucky I am to have access to an incredible education, lectures, art, sport and new perspectives,” Yousafzai wrote. “At 11 years old, I woke up one morning and could not go to school because the Taliban had banned girls’ education in Swat, the region of Pakistan where I was born. I am so pleased that I spoke out and for my years of campaigning that have followed. Now 21, I am able to study at a prestigious university — but I want to live in a world where every girl is able to weigh her future career options in the way I hope to when I graduate.”
After a year, she conversed with Teen Vogue about the excitement of seeing adolescent activists, as Emma Gonzálezs, an overcomer of the Parkland High School shootings, and Greta Thunberg, the young environmental activist who had quite recently been named Time’s “Person of the Year.” “We have seen huge progress over the last few years, and now to see that young girls like Emma and Greta are coming forward and they’re talking about climate change, they are talking about gun violence, and they’re talking about these different issues that are impacting all of us and especially what’s going to affect the future generations,” Yousafzai told her interviewer. “There are hundreds and thousands of women and girls in all parts of the world who are standing up. Some of them we don’t even know — their names would never be known — but they’re changing their communities.”