Malala Yousafzai

A Defender of Women's Education

Her Childhood

Malala was given her name which means grief-stricken, and her last name, Yousafzai, is that of a large Pashtun confederation. She lived in Mingora with her two younger brothers, parents, and two chickens. Malala was educated by her father who was also an educational activist.

Her Work

Malala started blog using a pseudonym where she blogged about her life, especially her life at schools. The girls' schools had been banned on January 15, 2009, but reopened on February 25, 2009. Then, Malala and her father were approached by New York Times reporter Adam B. Ellick about filming a documentary. On October 9, 2014, a Taliban gunman shot Malala with one bullet that went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. Malala went through various treatments and does not have any brain damage today. Overall, Malala was a very determinded girl who had a lot of courage to speak out for her education and education of other women.

"I have a new dream ... I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises." - Malala Yousafzai

Her Awards

Malala was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize, she was awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize, and on October 10, 2014, she was announced the co-receipent of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Her Leadership

Malala has a lot of courage and determination to stand up for what she believes. She also has self-respect and values her education and the education of others. These traits can be learned by girls, women, and anyone today. Malala displays very good qualities of a good leader.
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Grace James & Leah Wolfe