Malala Yousafzai


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Malala's life

Malala was born July 12, 1997, in Pakastan. Malala went to a school that her father founded. When the Taliban started to invade, Malala made a speech called, " How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education." In 2009 Malala started writing for the BBC about living under the Taliban rule. With her growing influence in the world, she was able to bring awarness to the lack of women's rights under Taliban rule. In 2011 she was awarded with both the Children's Noble Peace prize and the Pakistan's national peace prize. By the time she was 14 the Taliban had made threats to kill her.

In October of 2012, a man boarded Malala's school bus. He demanded to know who Malala was. Her friends accidentally gave away her location by looking at her. He shot her on the left side of her brain. Malala was left in a critical condition. She was flown to a military hospital. Even though she needed multiple surgeries to fix her paralyzed side of her face, she had no brain damage.

In March of 2013 she was able to attend school in Birmingham. On her sixteenth birthday she gave a speech at the United Nations. That same year she wrote an autobiography called, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban."

The Taliban still considers Malala Yousafzai a target. Despite of this, Malala is still an activist for education. In October of 2013, she was awarded with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European parlament. The same year she was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, she didn't win that year. She was nominated the next year and won, making her the youngest person to ever win. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said she was "a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”


"I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated."

"People say Malala's voice is being sold to the world. But I see it as Malala's voice reaching the world and resonating globally. You should think about what is behind Malala's voice. What is she saying? I am only talking about education, women's rights, and peace."

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."