Activist of the Taliban boarded the bus and shot

Activist and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in
history, Malala Yousafzai fights for the right to education, mainly in her home
country of Pakistan, and stands to influence young people the world over.
Born on the 12th July 1997 in Pakistan, Yousafzai
watched her hometown of Swat Valley get slowly taken over by the Taliban. She
later attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had set up, and
began giving speeches in Peshawar about the Taliban attacking girls’ schools in
Swat. In early 2009, Yousafzai was approached by the BBC to have her write for them
on their blog about the state of affairs in Pakistan; she agreed under the
premise that her identity be kept secret, and began blogging under the guise of
‘Gul Makai’. Soon after, her activism began gaining traction, amassing an
audience for her blog that reached worldwide. This resulted in her being
nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011, and then being awarded
Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in the same year.
In late 2012, Malala was on a bus with her friends and classmates on their way
home from school, an alleged member of the Taliban boarded the bus and shot three
of the girls on the bus; Malala was one of them, being hit on the left side of
her head, leaving her in a critical condition. She was flown to a military
hospital on Peshawar, and had a portion of her skull removed to treat the
swelling on her brain – she was then relocated to Birmingham for further care. In
2013, after undergoing multiple surgeries on her face and brain, she began
attending school in Birmingham. In the same year, she also gave a speech to the
United Nations and published her first book ‘I
Am Malala’, and then went on to win her Nobel Peace Prize the following
year.
Malala Yousafzai has accomplished so much in the way of education, both in
Pakistan, and across the world. She stands to prove that you can do anything if
you set your mind to it, having become a role model for young people worldwide.