Malala Yousafzai is a world-famous activist, author, and inspirational speaker. She’s the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize and has been nominated for her work in promoting girls’ education around the world.
Malala is from Pakistan but was shot by Taliban forces when she was 15 years old. In this blog post, we will discuss what you (probably) didn’t know about Malala!
What You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Malala Yousafzai
What a paragon of determination, and perseverance this woman is!
- Malala was born on July 12th, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan.
- Malala is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. She was in class when she found out that she was nominated and only 17.
- She has written two books: “I Am Malala” and “We Are Displaced.”
- Malala became one of the most prominent advocates for girls’ education in the world.
- Malala was shot by Taliban forces on October 09, 2012, for refusing to discontinue her activism and denounce girls’ rights. She survived the attack but she had a shattered skull and brain tissue behind her left eye.
The Taliban, also known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), is an Afghan fundamentalist political party that ruled most of Afghanistan from September 1996 until December 2001.
It was ousted by Operation Enduring Freedom and replaced in government by a United Nations-backed interim administration headed by Hamid Karzai.
While recuperating from this injury, she wrote an autobiography about life under Taliban rule, the value of education, and her dreams for a better future.
“I have not been back home for five years,” Malala wrote in 2012. “But I know this is my country, and I’m going to make it a better place for myself, my family, and people like me.”
In July 2013 she began living with her family once again in Pakistan’s Swat Valley under tight security. However, even before then, Malala had been vocal about her feelings towards returning to Pakistan.
* In September 2014 Malala finally got to go home after five years in England.
She continues to campaign for girls’ education worldwide as co-founder of Malala Fund
She has met with world leaders on the subject, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II of England
Isn’t it amazing how the voice of one person can make such big noises? What makes her so inspirational though, isn’t just that she’s achieving important things, but also how old she was when she had to live through all this. Malala is an amazing person, and her story should be heard by all.
What can you use YOUR voice for?