We all know her now as she has made history by becoming the youngest Nobel laureate ever in any category.
Yes this is the story of Malala Yousafzai who received the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education. She was on born 12th July 1997, in Swat district of Pakistan. As it was the area which witnessed the growing influence of the Talibans, where all the schools were shutting down, Malala was the girl who shared the entire situation with BBC reporter who further passed on her blog to the channel where her entire blog were telecasted in Urdu. During that time her blogs were also published in the local newspaper. Malala, had displayed tremendous courage even after the Taliban attack when she resolutely expressed her determination to carry on with her campaign for child rights and girls education especially in a country like Pakistan.
Malala’s BBC blogging identity was started being revealed in the articles by December 2009. She also gave television appearances to publicly advocate female education.
In October 2011, a South African activist, Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated Yousafzai for the International Children’s Peace Prize of the Dutch international children’s advocacy group KidsRights Foundation. She was the first Pakistani girl to be nominated for the award.
Her public profile rose even further when she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani .
Exactly on Yousafzai’s 16th birthday 2013, she spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. It was her first public speech since the attack, leading the first ever Youth Takeover of the UN, with an audience of over 500 young education advocates from around the world.
It is incredible that despite of her youth, Malala has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ right to education”.
She is an living inspiration to all.