Malala Yousafzai – A Teenage Activist

Malala Yousafzai is an icon of education and a world famous teenager who is an activist for education and women’s rights. She is a Pakistani school girl from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan. Yousafzai started reacting when girls were banned from attending the school.

Yousafzai started to write about women’s life under the Taliban for BBC Urdu with a pseudonym and later spoke against the Taliban on the national current affairs show ‘Capital Talk’. She continually gave interviews and talks to various media and finally appeared on Television to support female education.

That was a major turning point in this young girl’s life and she also started receiving accolades and appreciations from various foundations, organizations, groups and lots more. Her fame raised one step higher when she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, which was later renamed as The National Malala Peace prize.

Dangers were also equally higher as her public profile became strengthened day by day. Malala Yousafzai started to receive death threats and on 9th October, 2012 she was shot by a Taliban gunman. The bullet passed through her head, neck and shoulder. After a month of struggle, she became stable and was photographed sitting on a bed on 8th September. On 2nd February, 2013 she underwent a five hour surgery to restore her hearing and reconstruct her skull.

The reactions were very high for this assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai. On 15th October, 2012, Gordon Brown, a former British prime Minister, launched a petition with the slogan ‘I am Malala’ to support Malala’s cause.

On 12th July, 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN for worldwide access to education and finally the event was declared as ‘Malala day’.  She officially opened Europe’s largest public library in Birmingham on 3rd September, 2013 and stated that ‘pens and books are the weapons that will defeat terrorism’. The teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s portrait is kept on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.