Nobel Peace Prize, 2014
She was born in Mingora (Pakistan) on July 12, 1997. Her father ran a school and gave her an equal education. In 2007 her life changed dramatically when the Taliban banned women’s presence in public places and girls were not allowed to attend school. At the end of 2008 a BBC journalist proposed that a student told the situation they were suffering in an anonymous blog. She was just 11 when she accepted the risky challenge.
Malala and her father did not hesitate to against the ban on girls’ education in interviews and rallies. The brave story of this Pakistani girl crossed borders and became a serious problem for the Taliban who, at the beginning of 2012, threatened with death.
On October 9, 2012, when she was 15 and was coming back home on the school bus, a Taliban entered her school bus. She suffered a serious attack. Her condition was critical. She was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham (England).
The Taliban shot me to silence me – instead, the whole world is listening to my message now.
After several operations, she was out of hospital on January 4, 2013, but she had a long walk to rehabilitation in Birmingham where she started a new life and continued her detemined struggle, but now having a strong influence.
In 2014, at 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize: It is for those voiceless children who want to change. ... I am not a lone voice, I am many… I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education.
She is studying at Oxford University and is a very influential person in the media in defense of the peace and the rights of girls around the world.