“With her courage and determination, Malala has shown what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.”
– Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary General Of The United Nations
Malala Yousafzai just became the youngest person in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
She’s only 17 years old, but as an educational activist and feminist icon, she’s already accomplished more than most people can hope to in an entire lifetime. Accordingly, it is difficult to think of a more deserving individual for this prize.
Yousafzai has displayed an indefatigable passion for peace, equality and education.
Her tireless advocacy has inspired people around the world to stand up for human rights and egalitarian principles.
The Little Girl Who Stood Up To Terrorists
Malala is from the Swat Valley of Pakistan. In 2009, the Taliban was very active in this region, terrorizing residents and shutting down schools that educated girls.
At that point in time, Yousafzai was 11 years old and wanted to become a doctor. Thus, she became an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s efforts to prevent girls from receiving an education.
She blogged about her experiences living under the Taliban for the BBC. As a result, the public took notice of this amazing Pakistani schoolgirl’s story.
This brave young woman defiantly stood up in the face of tyranny and oppression, and showed the world the true meaning of courage.
Malala went on to fight for women’s educational rights throughout Pakistan. Consequently, in 2012, the Taliban attacked a school bus that she was on. They singled her out because she was encouraging other girls to go to school.
When the Taliban gunman boarded the bus, he asked, “Who is Malala?” She bravely and unashamedly replied, “I am Malala.”
Malala was shot in the face, but she survived and went on to become an international sensation and symbol of equality and perseverance. Hence, Yousafzai not only survived a terrorist attack, she has continued to stand up for the very causes that led the Taliban to target her.
Yousafzai is fearless, and every single one of her accomplishments is a victory over terrorism.
With her courage and determination, Malala has shown what terrorists fear most: a girl with a book.
Her contributions to the world have been immeasurable, but here are a few examples of her benevolent activities:
1. She started the Malala Fund, which supports educational rights for the world’s children.
2. The United Nations declared July 12 “Malala Day.”
3. More than 3 million people have signed the Malala Petition, which inspired the UN and Pakistan to commit to children’s education.
4. The Taliban was so afraid of her, they tried to assasinate her. But she survived. They failed, she won.
Malala Yousafzai is an example for us all. She has taught us that we are the masters of our fates, and that an education is a fundamental human right worth dying for.