World Malala Day Special
Important Factors about the Life Journey of Malala Yousafzai that You should Know
12 July is commemorated as Malala Day to honor the young woman Malala Yousafzai. She has been a famous activist for female education for a long time. In her early teens, Malala had demanded that girls should be allowed to get an education. She is an admired and inspiring teenager girl.
Because of outstanding contribution and activities, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in October 2014. She received this award in 17 years and became the youngest person to get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan. Her father was the owner of a school and was active in educational matters. The first time, Malala had raised her voice for girl education in 2008 and since than she has been advocating for women’s rights in education. Besides, she was also decisive for the Taliban threat in the region that has been active against women’s education for decades. One year later, Malala started doing blogging in BBC Urdu about her life during Taliban occupation of Swat. She drew the attention of people from the entire world and was sought after for interviews in newspapers and television shows.
Because of her activism, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. The attack left Malala in a critical situation, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A part of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. Thereafter, for further care, she was shifted to Birmingham, England.
In spite of the attack, Malala soon came back before people with more fierce in her views and courage than earlier and keep doing her advocacy for gender rights. She took the foundation of ‘Malala Fund’, a non-profit organization based out of Birmingham. It supports young girls to go to school. Moreover, Malala is the co-author of a book “I am Malala” that became an international bestseller.
Apart from Noble prize, Malala was awarded twith numerous honours. Recently, she received honorary Canadian citizenship, and she was also the youngest person to address the House of Commons in Canada. Besides, she has also been the subject of a number of popular features in mass media, including the documentary “He named me Malala”, it was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2015.
Malala Yousafzai has given many teachings to world, one of her famous quote, “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” present great inspriation among people for education.