Saturday, 11 October 2014

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, born in 1997 in Pakistan is an activist for the education rights of children, especially for Pakistani girls. She recently won the Nobel Peace Prize and is the youngest person in history to be awarded with the honour.

Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan in the Swat valley of the country. The town was a popular tourist destination known for its summer festivals. This began to change when the Taliban`s influence began to grow in the area. In late 2008, the BBC Urdu website came up with a novel idea of covering the Taliban`s growing influence within the Swat Valley. They wanted a schoolgirl to blog anonymously about her life there. By the time Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC in early 2009, the Taliban had banned girls education, and women from going shopping. 


Yousafzai continued to advocate for the right of all women to an education, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. The Taliban eventually issued a death threat against Yousafzai and her father, and in late 2012, a man boarded the bus Yousafzai was riding home from school and Yousafzai was shot in the head. 


Yousafzai was taken to a hospital in the United Kingdom where she made a full recovery without any brain damage. Yousafazi was discharged from the hospital in January 2013 and has since become a global icon for human rights and the advancement of women. Yousafazi is currently based in Britain where she continues her activism, speaking at the United Nations, Harvard University and with U.S. President Barak Obama.


On October 10, Malala Yousafzai was announced as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, an honour she shares with Kailash Satyarthi of India. They are being honoured for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education”. At 17, Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner and the first Pakistani. 



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