Your Pen Is a Weapon and Malala Yousafzai 1


“The pen is mightier than the sword.”

Malala Yousafzai

Image from Bad Girls Throughout History

Imagine walking into a school bus and fearing for your life? Or the terror of going to school even though you cannot as a woman, knowing that the retribution will be fierce. 

Malala Yousafzai is currently the youngest woman to ever win a Nobel peace prize at seventeen years of age and she faced adversity with courage and tenacity.

Something profound happens in all of us when we face challenge and difficulty. Resiliency becomes our calling card when we pick up the courage found deep within.

I love the story of Malala and how she has met the authorities of her homeland in Pakistan and has waged war with a pen.

She said once in a speech to parliament “The pen is mightier than the sword” believing that education of girls in the developing world can be the greatest emancipation of our times.

We all face our adversities here in our everyday worlds. Maybe we are being silenced by a controlling boss, or we are unsure of the steps ahead in a season of difficulty or grief.

Maybe you are recovering from a time of stress and exhaustion.

Little by little, we all can face the adversities in our every day and stand up for the passions we have in our hearts for a better tomorrow.

Stand up for what you believe; even when the odds you face are vast.

Together we can be fearless in facing adversity because our purpose and faith will strengthen us.

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Amanda Viviers

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

One thought on “Your Pen Is a Weapon and Malala Yousafzai

  • Joni

    Malala is such a brave woman. Her story has been so rough that I recoil from even reading the details…. what courage she has! It’s that grace for the season thing again…. For such a time as this!

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