Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai at just age 17 wins the 2014 Nobel peace prize becoming the youngest person to ever win the Nobel peace prize. Malala is a Pakistani child education activist who has risen her voice for girls education under the Taliban rule. Through her heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokes person for girls right to education. She shares this Nobel prize with 60 years old Indian children’s activist Kailash Satyarthi who campaigns through peaceful protests against the exploitation of children for financial gain, they would get $1.1 million.

Malala started her activism in 2008 speaking out for her right and the right of other women to an education. At this time, the Taliban was attacking girls school in Swat. In 2012, Taliban gunmen attacked the bus she boarded on her way back from school and shot her in the head, she has since recovered and has not relented in lending her voice for the right to women education.

In April 2013, she was featured on the Cover of Time magazine as one of the Most influential people in 2013. In acknowledgement of her work, in October that same year the European parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov prize for Freedom of thought. This year she has bagged the Nobel peace prize becoming the second Pakistani to receive a Nobel peace prize. She has shown that children and young people too can be agents of change and can contribute to improving life situations. Congratulating her Pakistani’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called her the ‘PRIDE’ of his country.

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