‘Proud Brummie’ Malala Yousafzai inspires women whose stories, through Hear Here Her story, will be contributed to our Archives within the Library of Birmingham. On Saturday 25th November, 2-4pm, at the Library of Birmingham, we will mark ‘Elimination of Violence against Women Day’. Women from across Birmingham and Solihull, exploring stories like Malala’s, have created ‘Ophelia’s Cloak of Power’, to be revealed and form the centrepiece of a celebratory performance including dance, music, stories and artwork created by women during a series of workshops over the last year.
Less than a year before opening the Library of Birmingham she was shot while on a bus in Swat District after taking an exam. At aged 15 she had been targetted for assasination, shot in the head and was critically ill. She was subsequently treated in Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, attended school in Birmingham and recently married here.
She is a tireless activist and in 2014 MalalaYousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of their efforts on behalf of children’s rights.
Ten years ago the Library of Birmingham ran a festival to mark the opening of the New Library: