Malala Yousafzai, A Brave Daughter of Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai is a brave daughter of Pakistan , who has been working for female education in the presence of Taliban militants in Sawat. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala, was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.
In December of 2008, Taliban issued an edict banning girls from going to school in the area of Sawat.Using the pen name “Gul Makai” to protect her identity, Malala begins blogging for the BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. She describes how she feels in the final days before her school is set to close. After reading Malala’s blog, The New York Times features Malala and Ziauddin in a short documentary about their life and fight to protect girls’ education in Swat.
She was attacked on a school bus at 15. International media highlighted this incident and Malala became hero. She sustained life-threatening injuries in the attack, and had to have part of her skull removed to relieve swelling on her brain. After receiving emergency treatment at military hospital, she was transported to the UK to recover in Birmingham, where her family continue to live. People in Pakistan and around the world pray for her recovery.
After multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation, Malala is discharged from the hospital and rejoins her family at home in Birmingham, U.K. After her recovery, the brave girl continued to speak up for children’s education and rights around the world. In her first public appearance since the attack, Malala speaks at the United Nations on her 16th birthday. The U.N. declares July 12th “Malala Day” and Malala promises to dedicate this day each year to shining a spotlight on the world’s most vulnerable girls.
She set up the “Malala Fund” with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, with the goal of “working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear”. Over the next few years, Malala meets with girls around the world and many heads of state, carrying her message of girls’ education and equality.
In Dec 2014, Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala invites girls from Syria, Nigeria and Pakistan to attend the ceremony in Oslo, as she becomes the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate.
Malala was currently enrolled at the University of Oxford, where she was studying philosophy, politics and economics at Lady Margaret Hall. She balances her school work and social life with leading the fight for girls’ education around the world. Now she returns to Pakistan, where she will restart her work for female education in tribal areas. (Also see Nazia Hassan)