Girls of Courage: Malala's Fight for Education
The school uniform that Malala Yousafzai was wearing when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman has become a symbol of courage, preserved by its owner to inspire action for girls’ right to education around the world.
The artifact is now on display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where it will be available for public viewing – along with Malala’s 2014 Nobel Peace Prize diploma – until March 14, 2017, courtesy of the Yousafzai family.
Malala was 15 years old when a gunman boarded her school bus in Pakistan, asked for her by name and shot her, because of her outspoken advocacy for girls’ education. Her life was saved in a nearby military hospital, where British doctors stabilized her, then airlifted her to the United Kingdom for surgery, still wearing the blood-soaked uniform that now hangs in the Museum.
The new exhibit Girl of Courage: Malala’s Fight for Education, is located in the “Rights Today” gallery on Level 5. “This exhibit recognizes Malala as a human rights champion who continues to speak out, undaunted even by a gunman’s attempt to silence her,” said curator Isabelle Masson. “It’s also about youth themselves as agents of change, taking a stand and being vocal.”