Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani activist for women’s education and the youngest Nobel laureate

Malala Yousafzai (b. 1997) is a Pakistani young woman who stood up for girl’s education in Pakistan. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC, talking about the educational situation in her country. She signed the blog with a pseudonym, in order to remain anonymous and safe. When she was discovered, she continued sharing this information, with her father’s support. When she was only 15 (2012), she was shot by two men in the name of Taliban, just because she had expressed opposition towards the restrictions on female education in Pakistan.

She was almost killed by the gunshots, however, she survived. She was taken to a hospital and, as soon as she recovered, she decided to speak up again, fighting for girl’s education. In 2013, she and her father founded the Malala Found to bring awareness to the impact of girl’s education and to encourage them to ask for change.

After the terrible attack, Malala said the only way to reach peace was to have a conversation with the extremists. For her, dialogue is the solution to problems and to end any war. At the age of 17 she received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest owner of that award.


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