A leader in the Educational rights movment
The childhood of an activist
Malala Yousapzai, was born on July 2nd, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. The fisrt years of here life here town was a popular site to tourism, however that all started to change when the Taliban started to take control. She attended a school her father had founded, and when the Taliban began to attack schools for girls Malala gave a speech. In September of 2008 Yousapzai spoke out against the Taliban in Peshawar, Pakistan, with her first speech,"How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?" She was not afraid to speak out.
The Genes of a Leader
Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai a taliban activist was deeply involved in all that was happening around him and his fmaily. Most likely Malala has inherited and watched the way her family acts, the way she has been raised is a great impact on how she deals with situations. Her egarness, willingness, and determination are three key characteristics a leader must have. Malala is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and niether is her father. Ziauddin Yousafzai is a fearless man and has taught his daughter to be the same way form an early age. She then started blogging about womans right to an education, and became very popular. gaining the attention of the Taliban itself.
The Taliban's Target
On October 9th, 2012, om her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was on and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When all of her friends turned and loooked at her, her identitiy was compromised. The man fired a gun, hitting Malala Yousafzai in the left side of her head; the bullet traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.
After several surgerys Malala was back on her feet with little to no brain damage. Instead of eliminating the outspoken girl they actually caused her to gain more popularity. Through this instance she gained more attention with her blog and with national news dealing with the tradgedy/blessing that had happened to her.
Even though the taliban has continued to issue threats towards the teenager she will not back down. Malala continues to break the barriers for her country, women, and education around the world. Malala has was been independant and not relient on others. This is what makes people want to follow her, you can rely on her, and she is strong in the face of danger.
The award in the midst of the stuggle
On october 10th, 2013 in acknowledment for her work, the European Parilament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for freedom of Thought. That same year, she was nominated for a Noble Peace Prize. She didnt not get the award until she was nominated again in March of 2014. In October 2014, Malala recieved and acccepted the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17 Malala became the youngest preson in history to recieve the Nobel Peace Prize.