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It was one of the few times Malala had called anyone in Pakistan since she was flown to Englandfor specialized medical treatment after a Taliban assassin climbed onto her school bus, called outfor her by name and shot her in the head on Oct. 9. Her brain is protected by a titanium plate thatreplaced a section of her skull removed to allow for swelling. But she spoke rapidly to the older girl in Urdu, encouraging her to stand up for her father even if doing so brought risks. As anoutspoken champion of girls’ right to an education, Malala knew all about risk — and fear andconsequences — when it comes to taking on the Taliban. “The way she spoke was soinspirational,” Ayesha says. “She made me realize that my father was fighting our enemies andthat it was something I should be proud of, not afraid.” The next day Ayesha returned to school.And with that call, Malala began to return to what she seems born to do — passing her courageon to others.
Cover Photograph by Asim Hafeez
In trying, and failing, to kill Malala, the Taliban appear to have made a crucial mistake. Theywanted to silence her. Instead, they amplified her voice. Since October her message has beenheard around the world, from cramped classrooms where girls scratch out lessons in the dirt tothe halls of the U.N. and national governments and NGOs, where legions of activists argue ever more vehemently that the key to raising living standards throughout the developing world is theempowerment of women and girls. Malala was already a spokesperson; the Taliban made her asymbol, and a powerful one, since in the age of social media and crowdsourced activism, a parable as tragic and triumphant as hers can raise an army of disciples.(
:The Other Girls on the Bus: How Malala’s Classmates Are Carrying On)She has become perhaps the world’s most admired children’s-rights advocate, all the more powerful for being a child herself. Her primary cause — securing Pakistani girls’ access toeducation — has served to highlight broader concerns: the health and safety of the developing