Malala Yousafzai began blogging as an education activist on BBC Urdu under a pseudonym. After a New York Times documentary revealed her true identity, she became the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. Due to her rising popularity and national recognition, 15-year-old Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban who saw her as a threat. Miraculously, she survived. Yousafzai then became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education. In 2013, she co-founded the Malala Fund with her father, leveraging the digital space to bring worldwide awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls. In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate at the age of 17. She contributed her entire prize money to finance the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan.
Co-Founder of Malala Fund, Former blogger for BBC Urdu
Nobel Peace Prize Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize Sakharov Prize Simone de Beauvoir Prize Honorary Canadian citizenship National Youth Peace Prize Sitara-i-Imtiaz
Tor Pekai Yousafzai (mother) Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”