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With Malala’s Admission to Oxford, Pakistani Taliban’s Fears Realized

MalalaBIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Malala Yousafzai opens the new Library of Birmingham at Centenary Square on September 3, 2013 in Birmingham, England. The new futuristic building was officially opened by 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai who was attacked by Taliban gunmen on her school bus near her former home in Pakistan in October 2012. The new building was designed by architect Francine Hoube and has cost 189 million GBP. The modern exterior of interlacing rings reflects the canals and tunnels of Birmingham. The library's ten floors will house the city's internationally significant collections of archives, photography and rare books as well as it's lending library. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Nobel Peace Prize winner proves education triumphs over extremism

Malala Yousafzai has repeatedly proven her hypothesis that there are few antidotes to extremism like the education and equal treatment of girls in society.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who is now 20 years old, will be studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, education that she’ll undoubtedly put to use enriching the political climate in her home country one day.

“So excited to go to Oxford!!” tweeted the Malala Fund activist and youngest UN Messenger for Peace, who now lives in Birmingham. “Well done to all A-level students—the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!”

It’s another blow to the terrorists who thought shooting Malala in the head back in 2012 would end her quest for equal rights.

Malala’s big step forward into her future comes as the Pakistani Taliban, who proudly admit trying to take a schoolgirl’s life, have launched a new effort to recruit women into jihad.

A couple of weeks ago, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released “Sunnat E Khaula”—the Way of Khaula, a 7th century Islamic female warrior—in English, a burqa-cloaked woman on the cover with only a sole discernible.

The introduction of the magazine said the Pakistani Taliban “want to provoke women of Islam to come forward and join the ranks of mujahideen” and reaches out to the younger generation as well with a kids’ column: “Come Let’s Do Jihad with Little Muhajid Omar.” The issue also defended child marriage as something that can help prevent the “moral destruction of the society.”

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