This week’s showcased project is Steampunks for Malala Yousafzai. The young woman, a teenager from Pakistan, was attacked by two men who shot her because of her socially active blogging. In particular, her calls for greater educational opportunities for Pakistani girls and women has been cited as the reason the Taliban targeted her for assassination. Her. A teenage girl. A blogger and social activist.
In the world of Steampunk fiction, we find a running thread of fighting back against oppression and throwing off the chains of enslavement. In the real world, these horrifying institutions remain unchallenged in areas because of the very real threat of physical violence and assassination. And then someone like Malala Yousafzai appears in the news because she chose to act despite the very real threats surrounding her. Malala is being treated at a UK hospital, and is recovering. But her sisters, the disadvantaged women of Pakistan, still need help. This fundraiser is calling on Steampunks to join the charge.
Tomorrow, November 10th, 2012, has been announced as “Malala Day” by Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. Can we also make tomorrow the day that Steampunks for Malala Yousafzai reaches its goal?
Projects in the final push
Projects at goal and with time left