Review of “Let Her Fly” by Malala’s Father


I watched the NYT documentary about Malala Yousufzai six or so years ago.

Since then I had been curious about her father.

He was the individual who had dared to stand against the entrenched patriarchy of his society. He had dared, not just to dream of a different future for his daughter, but to actually work for that to happen. Most of all, he had done that while living in that society and even after violence and death threats became a daily occurrence. So, I avidly picked up this book.

Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey by [Yousafzai, Ziauddin]

I was not disappointed.

In this book Mr. Yousufzai has described in simple language how he became the idealist and feminist he became – by thoughtfully observing how the women of his family (his five sisters, his mother, and his cousins) were treated and developing the empathy and courage to no longer accept the status quo.

The book also includes uniquely telling incidents from the family’s life after they moved to the U.K. These are important lessons for all parents, but especially so for people who emigrate to a western society and struggle to understand their children who grow up in an entirely different world.

A must-read for anyone who cares about women’s rights and about finding the courage to resist injustice.

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