Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner – Malala Yousafzai
In the history of the most influential brown women, there are various inspirational women who have strived very hard to bring forth several social and political changes despite facing various obstacles and Malala Yousafzai is one such name amongst the many courageous and heroic brown women.
About Malala Yousafzai
She is a Pakistani activist and an educational advocate who believes that every child should receive equal educational opportunities as well as political and social recognition and who very bravely demanded to protect girls Right to Education in Pakistan when the Tehrik-e-Taliban tried to prohibit schooling of girls by expelling them from schools.
Malala Yousafzai was born on the 12th of July, 1997 in Mingora in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai was an educator who has established a school for girls and boys in the Swat Valley of Pakistan and her mother Toor Pekai Yousafzai was an absolutely loving parent who always supported her family in every way despite of not having a proper educational background.
(Malala with her parents)
Malala gave a very powerful speech against the Taliban in Peshawar in the September of 2008. She also started blogging for the BBC under the name ‘Gul Makai’ as she did not wish to reveal her identity but unfortunately somehow her identity was revealed to the public; even then she continued updating her blog post and kept on speaking up for the rights of every women in Pakistan for which the Taliban issued a death threat against her.
Her Encounter with The Taliban
While Yousafzai was in a bus, on her way home from school on October 9, 2012 the bus was hijacked by an armed man whose face was covered and the man was demanding to know who Malala was and after spotting her, he shot her right in the head which left Malala struggling for survival for which she was taken to Birmingham, England. Fortunately, she was able to fully recover.
She has received Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Price in 2011 and also been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Price in the same year. She also received the Nobel Peace Price in 2014 which made her the youngest activist to receive the award. She also wrote a book called ‘I Am Malala’ in October 2013.
TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BOOK, CLICK HERE- I_Am_Malala
12th July, Malala Yousafzai’s birthday is declared as ‘Malala Day’ by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to honor her efforts and activism in order to safeguard women’s educational rights.
Inspiration from Her Story
Despite of facing several hardships and going through a horrifying murder attempt, Malala never thought of giving up. She kept going until she reached her goals and achieved success in her activism. She is still continuously trying to educate girls through her campaign called the ‘Malala Fund’. Her story is the most accurate example in favor of the saying ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.
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