To bring a change, a real change, one must be a leader, visionary and courageous soul. One must inspire to be a good and decent human being. It is not an easy road. One must shun all the noise and follow the true path of redemption and positive change. Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, is in many ways, a symbol of true social change. Her winning shows that you do not need an army or lethal weapons to take on the ideology of hate, extremism and bigotry. As a young woman from Pakistan, Malala knows the value of education especially for girls. Her thirst for knowledge frightens those who are afraid of enlightenment and social progress. Her voice sends shivers to the followers of extremism and violence. But above all, Malala stands tall in front of those who still consider a woman to be a lower entity.
No amount of army and bomb power will create suitable conditions for a true progressive change in any society as long as women in that society are kept outside the social arena and discourse. The change must come from within and the last true hope for a society which preaches hate, violence and extremism, women are that hope.