Malala Yousafzai

Women's Rights Activist, Children's Activist and Nobel Prize recipient

Malala Yousafzai shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 with Kailash Satyarthi, as the youngest recipient ever, with the motivation: "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education"

Malala Yousafzai became known as an advocate for girls' schools in 2009, when she wrote for the BBC about life in her hometown under the rule of conservative militants in the Taliban. The Pakistani army launched military operations to drive out the Taliban in 2009, and a documentary film helped Yousafzai became internationally famous as a chronicler of the chaos.

She was nominated in 2011 for the International Children's Peace Prize, and that same year won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize (now called the National Malala Peace Prize). However, while riding on a bus from school in the Swat Valley of Pakistan on 9 October 2012, Yousafzai and three other girls were wounded by two gunmen. The Taliban claimed credit for the shooting and vowed to kill Yousafzai for encouraging western ideas, specifically the education of women. Malala Yousafzai was seriously wounded in the head and neck and airlifted to a British hospital for safety reasons and for specialized treatment. She recovered and became an advocate for education for girls; in 2013, Time magazine put her on its list of the world's most influential people.


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