WHO IS SHE: Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Pakistan, where the local Pakistani Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but thankfully survived.
HOW SHE INSPIRE US: “I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.” As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.
WHAT SHE TAUGHT US: She is one of the most inspiring and influential young people alive today. Through her incredible work and advocacy, embodies the global struggle for gender equality and female education. She founded The Malala Fund, which is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead by breaking down barriers that hold girls back since 2013. Malala Fund works in regions where most girls miss out on secondary education and fights for every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education to create a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school.
We Woof You Malala! You’re an Inspiration!