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News came one after the other within a few hours. First the performance to applaud in scholastic progress, then death threats that forced the English police to put her under escort as if she was the prime minister. This is another chapter of Malala’s incredible story, the youngest Peace Nobel Prize winner, known for her commitment to civil and educational rights. At 11 years old she became famous for editing a blog for the Bbc, where she documented the Taliban Pakistani regime, adverse to women’s rights. The October 9th 2012 she was seriously hit on the head by armed men on the school bus while she was coming back home. She was admitted to the military Hospital of Peshawar, she survived the attack after bullets removal. Ihsanullah Ihsan, taliban pakistani spokesperson, claimed the attack responsibility, asserting that the girl “is symbol of infidels and obscenity”.

It didn’t consist in being half-undressed, neither using vulgar words, nor insulting Mohammed; but “thinking”. A woman should not be educated, because that means to become aware, to interact with the world, to gain power. A power that, inevitably, as a kind of cultural communicating vessel, will be lost by who has it. So the school report becomes an unacceptable insult to those who made mind annihilation their mission o terror. And here come the new threats.

Be careful, because the news triggers two different reflections. The first is that it would be wrong to relate the integralist fanatic’s behavior to Muslim’s tout court. Islamic world is not against women’s education, on the contrary. It’s not fair to judge this episode by using this parameter.

The second concerns the West, that in episodes like this, feels like being the first to be able to give lessons to the rest of the world. But yesterday results of a national survey of UniversiNet portal on a sample of 16 thousands students came out. 9 out of 10 consider the nudge decisive, better if combine with sexual service rather than money payment.

In order to pass the university admission tests, in the cradle of civilization, Italy, the recommendation is decisive. Not only, according the data, the youths rely more on recommendation through sexual service, suggesting it as the more efficient. In this context, more than 90% of the service is asked to women. Are we really so culturally different from Talibans in terms of feminine identity respect in the approach to the study?


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