Malala Yousafzai

About Me

Education and Women's Rights Activist, Aspiring Politician, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Born: July 12, 1997

#BooksNotBullets

October 9, 2012

Shot by the Taliban for attending school. Tragic experience, education should be available to all regardless of gender.

Moved from Mingora, Pakistan

Thursday, Oct. 25th 2012 at 12am

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Birmingham, England

November 1, 2012

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Published my first book today; I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which explains my experiences fighting for girls' education!

April, 2013

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Honored to announced that Time has named me one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world! It is an privilege to be recognized among so many important people and I am grateful that my message has been able to reach so many people.

July 12, 2013

Today, on my 16th, birthday, I have very exciting news to share. The Malala Fund has now become an independent organization. I hope this will open the door to allow us to create more opportunities for education soon. Also, today, I gave an address to the United Nations, urging them to protect women's and children's rights and push for the right and the ability for every child to have an education. Pressing my belief that peace begins with education, I truly hope that my words will make an impact.

August 19, 2014

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Published my second book today: Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. This book details my life story and my passionate beliefs in every child's right to education, my determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and my hope to inspire others.

December 10, 2014

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Accepting my Nobel Peace Prize for my fight for the right of all children to education.


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"Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love. Thank you for the letters and cards that I still receive from all around the world. Your kind and encouraging words strengthens and inspires me."

"This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.I am here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice… it is not time to pity them. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time, the last time, so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education."

"Education is one of the blessings of life—and one of its necessities."

"Education went from being a right to being a crime.

Girls were stopped from going to school.

When my world suddenly changed, my priorities changed too.

I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed.

I chose the second one. I decided to speak up."

"The terrorists tried to stop us and attacked me and my friends who are here today, on our school bus in 2012, but neither their ideas nor their bullets could win.

We survived. And since that day, our voices have grown louder and louder.

I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not.

It is the story of many girls."

"Sometimes people like to ask me why should girls go to school, why is it important for them. But I think the more important question is why shouldn't they, why shouldn't they have this right to go to school."

" I dedicate the Nobel Peace Prize money to the Malala Fund, to help give girls quality education, everywhere, anywhere in the world and to raise their voices. The first place this funding will go to is where my heart is, to build schools in Pakistan—especially in my home of Swat and Shangla."

"This is where I will begin, but it is not where I will stop. I will continue this fight until I see every child, every child in school."

July 12, 2015

I am very excited that today, on my 18th birthday, we have been able to make education accessible to many more students. The Malala Fund has been able to open a school in Lebanon, on the border of Syria, to allow refugees to be able to continue their education.

October 2, 2015

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Today, the film He Named Me Malala, was released. I am overjoyed that my story and my words will be able to impact the world in another way. It is important that the world values education.

Works Cited

"OCTOBER 11TH: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD." States News Service 9 Oct. 2015. Biography in Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

"Malala: so brave yet so utterly normal." Daily Mail [London, England] 6 Nov. 2015: 51. Biography in Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

"MALALA YOUSAFZAI URGES WORLD LEADERS AT UN TO PROMISE SAFE, QUALITY EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD." States News Service 25 Sept. 2015. Biography in Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

Mascia, Kristen, et al. "MALALA YOUSAFZAI Girl Of Courage." People 78.18 (2012): 52-53. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

Mandell, Andrea. “Malala Plots College, Adores “inside out.”” USA TodayUSA TODAY, 28 Sept. 2015. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

Sportelli, Natalie. “Malala Wants to Go to Stanford, but First She’ll Need to Take the SATs.” ForbesForbes, 10 Sept. 2015. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.

Yousafzai, Malala. “Nobel Lecture.” 10 Dec. 2014. Reading.