Theatre of the Absurd and I Am Malala

The boyfriend of one of our cast who attended our play Rebel Women last night thought that it was a farce—a Theatre of the Absurd—when the curtains opened. Why? Because we were talking about a time when women did not have the vote. Being in his twenties, to him, this seemed utterly absurd.
And yet, we don’t have to think too broadly to find countries where even today girls and women are not allowed to receive an education.
And the same day, I receive an email from on behalf of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who asks us to

Stand with me and the Nigerian girls: show the world we are #StrongerThan those who deny schoolgirls an education.

Malala Yousafzai is the same young Pakistani woman who has been nominated to receive a Nobel Peace Prize—”the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize.”

In her own words:

Today, I was honoured to learn I will receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi—a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our world needs more heroes like Kailash.

I believe the Nobel committee didn’t give this award to me. I believe they have done this because they believe education is the best weapon through which we can fight poverty, ignorance and terrorism.

I believe they did this because they don’t believe in just one girl, but in all the girls whose voices need to be heard, who are under the darkness of conflict or poverty. This award is for my powerful sisters who have not been listened to for far too long.

And I raise their voices, I stand together with them.

Stand with us:

Education and civic responsibility need to go hand in hand for all human beings.

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