January 2020: “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” By Malala Yousafzai

“I Am Malala” is the memoir written by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl and human rights advocate, who was famously shot in the head just for going to school. She is also the youngest Nobel Prize laureate ever. This book has multiple versions, including a young readers edition, which is suitable for all GEMs in every age group. 

We will not give too much away, because this story is rich and interesting on its own. We were just so moved by the turning point in Malala’s story – that someone literally tried to kill her and her other school friends for one reason: they were girls who wanted to attend school. Malala’s father is a teacher and education advocate and so of course his daughter believed in the same. However, they lived in Taliban-ruled Pakistan at the time, which is a governmental group which banned girls from attending school, saying that all women should stay home. Despite these threats, Malala continued to attend.

GEMs highly recommends this book because Malala’s story must be told again and again. She survived the attack and had to relearn how to speak. She now uses her voice on the international stage to advocate for and inspire women and girls around the world. She is truly a GEM. 

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