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Malala Yousafzai - Overview

Date of Birth: Dec 07, 1997    
Place of Birth: Mingora, Pakistan
Nationality: Pakistan
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Hailed as an international symbol of courage, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of just 15 to become a world-renowned advocate of children and women's education. Named after the Pushtun poet Malalai of Maiwand, Yousafzai was born in the Swat District of Pakistan in 1997, where she was encouraged to pursue her interest in politics at a young age by her private school owner father. She made her first speech in 2008 at the Peshawar Press Club focusing on the Taliban's attempts to take away her basic education rights, and a year later worked in schools across the region to debate such issues as a member of the Open Minds Pakistan youth program. Adopting the pseudonym Gul Makai, Yousafzai was asked to write about her experiences as a schoolgirl during the First Battle of Swat for the BBC Urdu website. The diary series attracted the attention of The New York Times reporter Adam B. Ellick, who subsequently filmed a documentary about Yousafzai which gained worldwide attention, while several appearances on "C... Read More
Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Survived assassination attempt by Taliban
Began writing blog about experiences under Taliban rule