Activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner inhistory, Malala Yousafzai fights for the right to education, mainly in her homecountry of Pakistan, and stands to influence young people the world over.Born on the 12th July 1997 in Pakistan, Yousafzaiwatched her hometown of Swat Valley get slowly taken over by the Taliban.
Shelater attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had set up, andbegan giving speeches in Peshawar about the Taliban attacking girls’ schools inSwat. In early 2009, Yousafzai was approached by the BBC to have her write for themon their blog about the state of affairs in Pakistan; she agreed under thepremise that her identity be kept secret, and began blogging under the guise of’Gul Makai’. Soon after, her activism began gaining traction, amassing anaudience for her blog that reached worldwide. This resulted in her beingnominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011, and then being awardedPakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in the same year.In late 2012, Malala was on a bus with her friends and classmates on their wayhome from school, an alleged member of the Taliban boarded the bus and shot threeof the girls on the bus; Malala was one of them, being hit on the left side ofher head, leaving her in a critical condition. She was flown to a militaryhospital on Peshawar, and had a portion of her skull removed to treat theswelling on her brain – she was then relocated to Birmingham for further care. In2013, after undergoing multiple surgeries on her face and brain, she beganattending school in Birmingham.
In the same year, she also gave a speech to theUnited Nations and published her first book ‘IAm Malala’, and then went on to win her Nobel Peace Prize the followingyear.Malala Yousafzai has accomplished so much in the way of education, both inPakistan, and across the world. She stands to prove that you can do anything ifyou set your mind to it, having become a role model for young people worldwide.