Malala Yousafzai, a name which taught us how to fight without fear. A Women’s Rights Activist, Children’s Activist; Malala was just 15 years old when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. Her family runs a chain of schools in that region. She was inspired by her father’s humanitarian work.
Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto were her role models. In 2009, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC urdu. At that time, she was just 12 years old.
For the first few years of her life, her home town remained a popular tourist spot that was famous for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control.
Yousafzai attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls’ school in Swat, Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2008. The title was “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”
“Let us pick up or books and pens, they are the most powerful weapons”…
With a growing public platform, Malala continued to speak about right to education, children and women activism. She had to hide her identity, so she used the name Gul Makai.
Her so much participation and activism nominated her for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. In the same year, she was also awarded with Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.
Malala’s father was an anti- Taliban activist. She was getting threats from Taliban because of her activism but she thought that such group won’t harm a child’s family.
On October 9, 2012, when Malala was coming home from school in a bus with her friends, a masked gunman boarded the bus and after knowing who is Malala, he fired at her.
The bullet hit in the left side of Malala’s head, the bullet then travelled down her neck and this left her in a critical situation. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. She had to undergo multiple surgeries including repair of a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed side of her face.
After her recovery, she delivered a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday. She has also written her autobiography, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” which was released in October 2013. But still she was a target of the Taliban.
Despite of all the threats, she continued her work and became an inspiration for many. Prominent persons like Nawaz Sharif, UN Secretary General Ban- Ki-Moon applauded her. She is a brave and a gene advocate of peace. Her achievement is unequaled and unparalleled.
On July 12, 2015, also called Malala Day, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. Its expenses are covered by Malala Fund. In October 2015, a documentary about Yousafzai’s life was released, named, HE NAMED MALALA directed by Davis Guggenheim.
She has been awarded with several honors like Sitara-e-Shujat, shortlisted in Times magazine Person of the Year, Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice, Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action, International Campaigner Of 2013, Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International. She was recently awarded with Nobel Prize in 2014.
She has proved that age doesn’t matter for doing something for the country and for fighting against the terror.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”
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