There is a lot one can learn from this fierce girl
Malala Yousafzai, more famously known as Malala, is a young Pakistani activist who put her life on the line advocating education for girls. Owing to her fierce attitude, determination, and strong will for education for all that she took a bullet in the head all the age of 15 from the local Pakistani Taliban banning girls from attending school. She is also known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan. The youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala was only 17 when she received the Prize which she co-shares with Kailash Sathyarti. Now, all thanks to her advocacy the cause has grown into an international movement with her co-founding Malala Fund, a non-profit organisation advocating for girls’ education. She has also co-authored I Am Malala, an international bestseller.
Here a few facts about this strong-willed woman that you would love to read through:
After facing the assassination and recovering from the bullet wound, Malala was invited to speak at the United Nations. On July 12 after she made an impactful speech at The United Nations and soon after they declared July 12th as World Malala Day, which also happens to be her birthday, in honor of her courage and influential activism.
Her journey into activism started when at the age of 11 she started blogging for BBC Urdu – using the pseudonym Gul Makai – narrating what life was like under the Taliban. In 2008 when BBC Urdu journalists were looking for a young student to share their insight on what life was like under the Taliban, and after failed attempts found Malala through her father who ran school chains in Swat. Despite the danger, she began blogging in secret.
After various assassination attempts on Malala following her advocacy for girl’s education in Pakistan, the Pakistani government announced the creation of its very first Right to Education Bill.
Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011 owing to her activism. The same year she was also awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize. However, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan later renamed the award to the National Malala Peace Prize in her honor.
Since she was under constant attack, Malala completed her secondary school education at Edgbaston High School, Birmingham in England. Then went on to study at Oxford University and graduated in 2020.
Malala learned to speak three languages, Pashto, Urdu, and English. And she had plans to be a doctor but now has a keen interest in politics.