Malala Yousafzai

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  • The Begin

    The Begin
    Yousafzai was born to a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • As a Blogger

    As a Blogger
    When she was 11 years old, she wrote a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym about his life under Taliban control.
  • International Children's Peace Prize

    International Children's Peace Prize
    With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.
  • Shot by the Taliban

    Shot by the Taliban
    On October 9, 2012, when 15-year-old Yousafzai was riding a bus with friends on their way home from school, a masked gunman boarded the bus and demanded to know which girl was Yousafzai. When her friends looked toward Yousafzai, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck.
  • Books

    'I Am Malala'
    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography by Malala Yousafzai released in October 2013. It became an international bestseller. The book was abridged in 2018 for young chapter book readers as Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights.
  • Malala Day

    Malala Day
    At Yousafzai’s 2013 speech at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pronounced July 12th – Yousafzai's birthday – 'Malala Day' in honor of the young leader’s activism to ensure education for all children.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

    Nobel Peace Prize
    In October 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, at just 17 years old; she received the award along with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
  • "He Named Me Malala" documentary

    "He Named Me Malala" documentary
    In October 2015, a documentary about Yousafzai's life was released. HE NAMED ME MALALA, directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), gave viewers an intimate look into the life of Yousafzai, her family, and her commitment to supporting education for girls around the world.
  • College

    Yousafzai began studying at Oxford University in 2017. She studies philosophy, politics and economics.
  • Return to Pakistan

    Return to Pakistan
    On March 29, 2018, Yousafzai returned to Pakistan for the first time since her brutal 2012 attack. Not long after arriving, she met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and delivered an emotional speech at his office.