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From being an education activist in Pakistan to the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai was born a fighter. She was born in Mingora, Pakistan on July 12, 1997. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was determined to give her all the opportunities that a boy gets to have. Malala was determined to study but when the Taliban took control of her town in Swat Valley girls could no longer go to school and enforced harsh punishments for those who defied their orders. Malala started writing a blog for the BBC but she did not use her real name. She wrote about life in her town and she said that she was afraid her school would be shut down. But Malala didn’t stop, she spoke out publicly on behalf of girls and for their right to education. Taliban told Malala and her father to stop. But Malala didn’t stop, she spoke out publicly on behalf of girls and for their right to education. And this made her a target. In October 2012, on her way home from school, a masked gunman boarded her school bus and asked, “Who is Malala?” He shot her on the left side of the head. Malala was taken to the hospital in Pakistan and then she was flown to a hospital in the UK. She had to stay in hospital for over two months. People all around the world raised their voices in support of Malala and were shocked that the Taliban tried to kill a 15-year-old girl, just because she spoke out for education. She became a symbol of children’s right to education. Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014 and became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate. Malala continued her fight to ensure all girls receive 12 years of free, safe, quality education. She graduated from Oxford University in the year 2020. Malala Yousafzai got married to Asser Malik, a Pakistani entrepreneur in the year 2021.
Malala became the icon for bravery and a symbol of fighting for girls’ rights.