|DR. MAYA ‘MARGUERITE’ ANGELOU
Earlier this year, we lost a Hero. Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in May at the age of 86. Throughout her life, Ms. Angelou was a continuous, inspirational, beacon of light to women and people around the world. Gaining international renown with her 1969 breakthrough ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, she was a poet, speaker, author and champion of human rights. She challenged every possible dogma of the times, and in doing so became a true Global Renaissance Woman. Wearing many hats during her luminous and varied life, she was a cabaret singer, ‘working girl’, fry cook, and political activist. Always remaining true to her basic nature, and encouraging others to do so, she would view herself as primarily a teacher and a poet, relying on her words and rich life experiences to reach the human heart beyond boundaries of race, gender, economic status or educational background.
Thank you Maya Angelou for your legacy to us as Women. We’ll miss you!
Malala Yousafzai defied the odds. She managed to survive an almost flawless attempt by her would-be killer to end her life. In October 2012, Malala, shortly after boarding her school bus, was brutally targeted by a gunman sent by the Taliban determined to make her pay for her crime. Her Crime? Becoming a vocal advocate for the basic education of girls. He shot her three times, one bullet hitting her in the side of the forehead. After months of rehabilitation, and undaunted by pain and further threats, Malala’s determination to continue to deliver her message is truly amazing. To read more about this 17-year old and her phenomenal resolve, her book ‘I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban’, co-written with British author Christina Lamb, is a read that will leave you cheering, crying, angry and proud all at the same time. Keep up the wonderful work, Malala!
Irregularly we would like to highlight women making impact across the world and honor our connection to our parent non-profit organization, FAWCO. The opinions expressed are those of our local Basel FAWCO Representative and not the expressed views and opinions of the FAWCO organization as a whole. Please join us in honoring and supporting women across the world.