Name: Malala Yousafzai
When she was just 11 and 12 years old, Malala Yousafzai wrote a blog for the BBC under a false name, explaining what life was like under Taliban control. At age 15, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban while on the bus to school, but continued to speak out on the importance of education for women. Because of her tremendous act of bravery, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for braveness in fighting for children and women’s right to education in 2014. Remarkably, Malala isn’t angry at the man who shot her – rather, she had decided to move on because the event has since made her stronger. Malala has said, “My weakness, my fear, and my hopelessness died on that day.”
5 Reasons Malala is Awesome:
- In 2014, at just 17 years of age, Malala became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize Award. Watch her acceptance speech here.
- On her 16th birthday, July 12, 2013, Malala gave a speech to the United Nations – the UN was so excited to have Malala speak, that they dubbed the day “Malala Day”.
- Malala has received over 40 honors and awards due to her heroic and incredible activism and remarkably, the attack on her caused Pakistan to create their first ever Right to Education Bill.
- Malala received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of King’s College.
- She was featured by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013.
Malala Yousafzai inspires young women across the globe through her words and actions. Click the links above to see videos of her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and her “Malala Day” speech to the United Nations. Additionally, watch an extended interview with Malala Yousafzai and John Stewart here.