Malala Yousafzai

By:Amber Hudson

Advocate for Education Rights

  • Pakistani Women's rights activist
  • Born: July 12, 1997 (17 years old)
  • Stood up to the Taliban at an early age
  • Defended women's rights for education
  • Shot while aboard her school bus
  • Youngest Nobel Prize winner
  • Has continued to stand up for her beliefs (despite many death threats)

"radiant example that children can be intelligent and savvy advocates for their own rights." -Bede Sheppard of Human Rights Wathc

Shots Fired

A gunman asked for her by name, then pointed a pistol at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Yousafzai's forehead, travelled under her skin through the length of her face, and then went into her shoulderIn the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa (the term for legal opinion in the Islamic faith) against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated their intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. Some Pakistanis believe the shooting was a CIA setup and many conspiracy theories exist.

Popular Quotes By Mala Yousafzai


"I dreamed of a country where

education would prevail"

"I don't Mind if I have to sit on the floor at School.

All I want is education, and I'm afraid of no one"

"I want to see the people of Pakistan

educated, employed and given

their rights"

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