Up until the attack on Malala, misogyny was widespread in Pakistan and even culturally acceptable. To some extent, it still is. But I've come across this story today that seems to suggest great strides for women in Pakistan.
"When 16-year-old Tahira was murdered in an acid attack last year, her poor parents got no justice. Pakistan officials slammed the door in their faces.
The prime suspect, the girl's husband, lived in freedom until the case was taken up by Pakistan's first female jirga, a community assembly set up to win justice for women."
This is surely happy news for Malala, who celebrates her 16th birthday today. She will be in New York addressing the UN, who has designated July 12 as Malala Day in her honor. Of course she will be advocating for women's education in Pakistan and across the world.
According to one report, "Some 500 youth leaders from 85 countries will be on hand to discuss education for all children."
Meanwhile, back in Swat, Pakistan, nearly 6,000 more girls are registered at primary schools thanks in part to Malala's courageous example.