Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai ( born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education  and the youngest Nobel Prize  laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.

„When she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu  detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat“

Yousafzai was born in Mingnora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father´s thoughts and humanitarian work. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu  detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat.

Yousafzai was injured on 9 October 2012 by a Taliban gunman when he attempted to murder her. She remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved. The murder attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai.

Since recovering, Yousafzai became a prominent education activist. She founded the Malala Fund. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time  magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In 2014, she was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Aged 17 at the time, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. From 2013 to 2017, she was a pupil at the all-girls‘ Edgbaston High School  in Birmingham. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada. In August 2017, she gained admission to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford  to study for a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


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