Malala, Pakistan's fearless education activist

She was shot by the Taliban at age 15 and survived. She won the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. At age 20, Malala Yousafzai is finally getting to go back to her native Pakistan.

A fierce leader in the fight for women’s rights and education

“The terrorists tried to stop us and attacked me and my friends who are here today, on our school bus.”

She was born in 1997 in Mingora, in Pakistan

Her father worked as a school principal. When she was 11 years old, the Taliban took control of the Swat valley, where she lived. They bombed dozens of schools and banned female education. A few months later, a journalist encouraged her to start a blog on the BBC website where she documented her daily life. Her campaign for actress to education started to gain recognition outside Pakistan. But she also began receiving death threats from the Taliban. When she was 15, on October 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, spoke about Malala and her situation, stating, “She was targeted just because of her determination to go to school and learn. Targeting Malala, the extremists showed what they feared most: a girl with a book.”

A few days later, she was flown to Birmingham, UK

She was treated in a hospital that specialized in injured soldiers. In 2013, she celebrated her 16th birthday by giving a historic speech at the United Nations. The same year, she was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine. At 18, she became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After receiving the award, she admitted, “When I receive this award, I feel that it’s not just me receiving the award, it’s all these girls, all this young generation. They have been working so hard.”

At 20, she began to study philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University in the UK

In January 2018, she spoke at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, where she delivered a powerful message to women. At the conference, she had a powerful message and declared, “First we wanted men to do something for us. But like, that time is gone now. We’re not going to ask men to change the world. We’re going to do it ourselves; we are going to stand up for ourselves, we’re going to raise out voices, and we are going to change the world.”

On March 29, 2018, she returned to Pakistan for the first time in six years

She and her parents met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Discussing her hopes for Pakistan, she said, “I have this one dream: that I go to Pakistan, where I can be in peace, without fear. I can move on the streets, I can meet people, I can talk to people.” Today, Malala Yousafzai is a leader in the fight for women’s rights and education.


03/08/2020 1:30 PMupdated: 03/09/2020 1:06 PM
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  • Iwowari Ayebai-preye
    06/21/2020 11:11

    This is so inspiring 🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿

  • Sadiq A.
    06/20/2020 20:51

    she's lucky. congratulation and may good blessing ur remain ages with grace.

  • Marcia M.
    04/23/2020 11:26

    Diversity is the solution for the World After 10 thousand years of political monoculture of exclusion, it is time to have 50% women political representation Worldwide Delivering all strengths of equality creatively and fast Delivering World Wide Peace with transferring immediately the 2.6 trillion dollars from the armament industry to free health care services for all, because WE CARE Delivering fair distribution of resources to a New World order of kinship, ecology and equity Delivering free education to all future generations of all humans using new technologies and innovation Now collective intelligence is paramount, we are the ancestors of future generations. Let’s assert human rights and offer Peace to all minds and hearts 💕

  • June K.
    03/13/2020 00:59

    I also thought her first speech to the United Nations showed remarkable depth and character

  • June K.
    03/13/2020 00:58

    she is very brave

  • Betty A.
    03/12/2020 20:59

    boo hoo

  • Tasawar H.
    03/12/2020 19:09

    Zaleel aurat

  • Kim B.
    03/12/2020 10:23

    God bless her on her journeys 🙏❤️

  • Shafiq S.
    03/12/2020 07:39

    Sir Malala na kya kya ha... Brave kasy ha or Noble prize q...?

  • Ernest S.
    03/11/2020 03:39

    Blessed and powerful.

  • Kimberly G.
    03/11/2020 03:12

    This is why signing a deal with the Taliban, is like signing a deal with the devil. Unbelievable especially for girls, and women.

  • Mary W.
    03/10/2020 23:40

    God bless you, you brave Young woman! You are alive because our Lord Jesus has plans for you to receive and distribute to the world! To make a great difference in our world. May Allah bless you and keep your family safe. I'm so proud of you and your family. Be safe and we are praying for you and your family in America *

  • Frank M.
    03/09/2020 20:21

    We haven't seen the last of her. God Bless !!!

  • Thaddeus F.
    03/09/2020 02:48

    Brave & wise Woman. May Allah bless you protection & kindness. Salaam

  • Nazra D.
    03/09/2020 01:16

    Just a PUPPET on a STRING....

  • Abdullah A.
    03/08/2020 21:26

    Media puppet

  • Andy D.
    03/08/2020 17:31

    She's a cartoon character

  • Candace B.
    03/08/2020 14:04

    Miraculous Malala!

  • Thaddeus F.
    03/08/2020 13:05

    Keep struggling

  • Gretchen S.
    03/08/2020 12:02

    Beautiful, strong, brilliant, child. Be strong.

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