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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

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At age 15, Malala Yousafzai’s life was forever changed by the Taliban. On October 9, 2012, she was shot in the head by terrorists hoping to silence her and prevent her advocation for women’s and children’s rights. Miraculously, she survived extensive brain surgery which revitalized her sight and her ability to move her arms and legs. From that day on, she dedicated her life to challenging everyone to fight for independence and equality; especially the education and progression of the women and children in her native home, Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwav.

Months after the Taliban’s assassination attempt, Malala gave a call-to-action speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday. She urged them to act against poverty, terrorism, and illiteracy. She also encouraged a change in restrictive policies regarding education and women’s rights. In 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize and is known as the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. One of her most inspirational quotes is “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Her book, “I Am Malala,” is an international bestseller.

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