The Activist for Girls Education

Malala Yousafzai

Activist for the Education of Girls

"ONE child, ONE teacher, ONE pen and ONE book can change the world"- Malala Yousafzai. You may ask why she is important. She is known to be the voice for young women's education. After the tragedy that happened to her she was well known as a heroine around the world. She accomplished many different things before and after the incident. After all that Malala has done she is someone to look up to. Malala Yousafzai is a revolutionary figure in the area of activism for girls education because she has spoken out against all the people who think women don't have the right to learn.
The story of Malala Yousafzai

Her Life Background

Malala was born on July 12,1997 in Mingora Pakistan located in the country's Swat Valley ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). When she was born her hometown was still a popular tourist spot that was mainly known for summer festivals but all that changed when the Taliban tried to take control of that area ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). You can tell she loves learning just as much as her dad did when he was in school. He loved learning to the point that he even ran a school in Swat that was close to their home ("The Malala Fund."). Before things started to change she attended the school that her father was in charge of and it was a place she enjoyed going to everyday("Malala Yousafzai Biography.") . Her father was someone she looked up to because even he was known to be an advocate for education in Pakistan ("The Malala Fund.").
When the Taliban started to restrict education and stop girls from going to school her father spoke out against the Taliban ("The Malala Fund."). Like the saying goes daughter like father, Malala didn't stay quiet either. Malala spoke out for girls education. When the Taliban started to attack girls in Swat she gave a speech titled "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?" speaking out about her and every other girls right to education ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Afterwards she began blogging under the name Gul Makai for BBC about living under the Taliban's threats to deny her the opportunity of getting an education ("The Malala Fund."). Her first post on the anonymous blog was on Saturday 3 January, "... afraid of going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending school..." ("Moving Movements from Malala's BBC Diary") (" Malala Yousafzai Biography."). The consequences for voicing what she thought lead to a death threat issued by the Taliban at only the age of fourteen ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Her family including herself were more alarmed for the safety of her father than her because they felt like the Taliban's wouldn't hurt a young girl ("Malala Yousafzai Biography.").

When her life changed

On October 9, 2012, as Malala and her friends were going back home from school, a man entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). After he realized who she was, she was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Two of her friends were also injured in the attack ("Malala The Fund"). After she was shot, she didn't remember much about what happened ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Moniba her friend recalls seeing the gunman (" Malala Yousafzai Biography.")



The news of the bus getting attacked was spreading quickly. Her dad got informed about the bus and he was worrying about it being her bus ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Then he went to the hospital and found Malala on a stretcher ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). It was clear that her life was in danger. Malala was shot on her left side of her head ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Her brain started to swell which can cause for her to be paralyzed from her right arm and leg ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). She got shot for a so called "crime" which was speaking up for the right of girls to have education ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). She survived the shooting and received immediate treatment at a hospital in Peshawar and was later transferred to Birmingham, England for further care. All this led to all four corners of the world to help her in furthering her cause (" Malala Yousafzai Biography").

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This was the bus where she got shot (Walsh, Declan).

Her Achievments

Nothing has stopped her from speaking out on the importance of education. As she gainied more attention she continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011 ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). That same year, she was awarded Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013 ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). She has also written an autobiography called I am Malala the girl who stood up for education and got shot by a Taliban , which was released in October 2013 and caused her to get a lot of support from her peers ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). Also On October 10, 2013, in acknowledgement of her work, the European Parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). That same year, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is the pride of Pakistan" ("Malala Yousafzai Biography.").
Watch Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

In Summary

Malala is a very brave young woman for standing up for what she believes in and speaking out for the right of education. She had the opportunity for the world to hear what she was fighting for when she got shot and BBC heard her voice and gave her a chance ("Moving Movements from Malala's BBC Diary"). As time went by she was nominated for the Nobel peace prize even though she didn't win she was awarded the kids education prize and later on won the noble peace prize ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). She published a book and is very proud of her self for being named the pride of Pakistan by the officials of Pakistan ("Malala Yousafzai Biography."). The best gift of all that she has received is the gift of still being alive. The quote at beginning is very important as you have noticed one voice, one person can make a difference.