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Nobel peace prize winner 2014 – Malala Yousafzai

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education,now 17, who became the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient in any category.
Few days back I came across her video, Malala Video , where she talks about girls’ education: what a remarkable young woman!

MalalaYousafzai, celebrated the award some 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) away in the U.K. She plans to stay away from Pakistan for at least another three years, according to Mahmudul Hassan, her uncle.

Malala Yousafzai is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.

I would like to share few fact about Malala:

  • Yousafzai was born on 12 July 1997 in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, into a Sunni Muslim family[2] of Pashtun ethnicity.
  • She was given her first name Malala (meaning “grief-stricken”)[17] after Malalai of Maiwand, a famous Pashtun poetess and warrior woman from southern Afghanistan.
  • assassination attempt – On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus.
    The masked gunman shouted “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all”, and, on her being identified, shot at her. She was hit with one bullet, which went through her head, neck, and ended in her shoulder. Two other girls were also wounded in the shooting: Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan, both of whom were stable enough to speak to reporters and provide details of the attack.
  • The assassination attempt received worldwide media coverage and produced an outpouring of sympathy and anger. Protests against the shooting were held in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack, and over 2 million people signed the Right to Education campaign’s petition, which led to ratification
  • Now Malala Fund organization is also becoming popular.
    Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

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