‘It’s her choice’, Malala says women can choose between wearing burqa and bikini

In an essay written on Podium, the 24-year-old narrated the many examples that Malala had been criticized for wearing throughout her young life.

The Nobel laureate and girls’ rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, has restated her belief that women should have the right to choose what they want to wear, be it a burqa or a bikini.

“Whether a woman picks a burqa or a bikini, she has the right to choose for herself. Come and talk to us about personal freedom and liberation, about stemming harm and violence, about education and emancipation. Do not come with your wardrobe directives,” Malala instructed.

In an essay written on Podium, the 24-year-old narrated the many examples that Malala had been criticized for wearing throughout her young life.

“Years ago, I talked against the Taliban propelling women in my community to wear burqas — and last month, I voiced against Indian authorities compelling girls to remove their hijabs at school. These are not contradictions — both instances involve objectifying women. If someone pushes me to cover my head, I will oppose. If someone compels me to take off my scarf, I will protest,” Malala captioned in her Instagram, linking to the article.

Later, while at Oxford, a photograph of her wearing a jacket, jeans, and a headscarf went viral on the internet.

“Some people were surprised to see me out of the traditional shalwar kameez I wore for much of my early life. They criticized me for being too Western and claimed I had abandoned my roots.

“However, other people said my scarf was a symbol of oppression and I should remove it as if I could not be fully emancipated until I obliterated all traces of my ethnicity and faith,” Malala noted.

“I said nothing. I felt no responsibility to guard myself or meet anyone’s expectations of me,” the Nobel laureate asserted.

Malala’s essay comes on the evening before International Women’s Day. On the heels of multiple bans and restrictions worldwide policing what women wear, Muslim and Sikh students in Karnataka were told to take off their religious garb to various bans on the hijab and France.

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