Malala Yousafzai. 17 years old, resisting the Taliban in Pakistan, demanding an education for young girls.
At 11, Malala delivers a speech in Pakistan: How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?
At 12, Malala begins blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban’s threats to deny her an education.
At 14, her activism results in her nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize.
At 14, Malala learns that the Taliban have issued a death threat against her.
October 9, 2012 – on her way home from school, a man boards the bus Malala is riding in, demanding for Malala to reveal her identity. Her friends look toward her, and the gunman fires, hitting Malala in the left side of her head. Two other girls are injured in the attack.
Malala is flown to a military hospital in Peshawar, where a portion of her skull is removed to treat her swelling brain. She is then transferred to Birmingham, England.
At 16, Malala begins attending school in Birmingham. She delivers a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, and writes her biography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.
At 16, the European Parliament awards Malala the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Malala is later nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, though she does not win.
March 2014 – Malala is once again nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
In October 2014, Malala becomes the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She wins the prize along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
“She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment.” -Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
“A brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”
-U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
The Malala fund – supporting the education young girls across Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan and Kenya.
“I call upon the Nigerian government to protect these students, girls and boys who are suffering from terrorism. Bring home the girls who were kidnapped with no excuses”.
An honest inspiration to all, in making a positive difference to gender equality, globally – we thank you Malala, for your courageous human rights work.