Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai graduates high school, felicitated
London,july8:: Shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to go to school, Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai yesterday graduated high school, joined Twitter, and was immediately congratulated by a host of global luminaries including Bill Gates and Justin Trudeau.
— Malala (@Malala) 1499436042000
Within minutes of her saying “Hi Twitter” on Friday, dozens of people and high-profile organisations welcomed the plucky young woman – who’s also a Nobel Peace laureate – to the microblogging platform. And in fewer than 24 hours she gained close to 370,000 followers (and counting).
“Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter,” she wrote.
Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter [THREAD]
— Malala (@Malala) 1499436124000
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who met Malala a few months ago, congratulated her for finishing high school.
Your bravery and commitment to education – both yours & others – is inspiring. Congratulations on graduating high school @Malala!
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 1499454805000
Microsoft founder Bill Gates called her an “inspiration”.
You continue to inspire me, @Malala. Thanks to you, young women around the world can dream of a brighter future for… https://t.co/p10gqPnrPF
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) 1499452501000
Malala, who will be 20 this month according to AFP, was shot by Taliban terrorists in 2012. She was well known much before that, though, as a girls’ education activist, which is why the Islamic fundamentalists targeted her.
The BBC says Malala was 11 years old when she began writing a diary for its Urdu service.
“Her blogs described life under Taliban rule from her home town of Mingora, in the northwest region of Pakistan she affectionately calls ‘My Swat’ “, the BBC says.
Education for young girls is still uppermost in Malala’s mind, which is probably why she said on Twitter that finishing high school is a “bittersweet” experience for her.
….I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education. 3/
— Malala (@Malala) 1499436267000
Malala wrote further – she posted seven tweets in total – that her “fight” for girls worldwide will continue. She will soon embark on what she calls a ”girl power trip”.
Each girl’s story is unique — and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. 5/
— Malala (@Malala) 1499436374000
On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls — will you join me?✋🏾 6/
— Malala (@Malala) 1499436514000
US senator Kamala Harris said Malala, with her fight on behalf of young girls around the world, is “the change we want to see in the world”.
Welcome to Twitter, @Malala! It’s inspirational to see young women like you fighting to be the change we want to… https://t.co/clor0ZO5e3
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) 1499461210000
As one of her new Twitter followers said on Friday, “Twitter seemed a little brighter today”.
I knew Twitter seemed a little brighter today. Welcome, @Malala! https://t.co/BmJX9CCF4y
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) 1499469818000