Malala Yousafzai

The first Pashtun and the first Pakistani to win the prize

Malala Yousafzai attack

On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, 17, has become a symbol for every girl’s right to education, even in the face of violence. She barely survived an assassination attempt in October 2012. The attack and subsequent media coverage made her name — the same name as a legendary Pashtun heroine — known around the world.

Even before she became one of the most famous teenage activists in the world, Malala Yousafzai was no ordinary girl. Her words have had power since 2009, when she was an anonymous blogger for the BBC’s Urdu-language service.

She wrote an autobiography, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban"

My thoughts of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a very brave leader for her country. She is very strong for persevering in the face of danger and still having the guts to stand up and speak for the young girls in her country.

Malala quotes


  • “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ...
  • “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” ..
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