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  • Date of birth
    July 12, 1997 (age 24)
  • Place of birth
    Mingora, Swat, Pakistan
  • Education
    Edgbaston High School
  • Company
    Malala Fund
  • Role

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Malala Yousafzai
Co-Founder of Malala Fund

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.

Professional background

Co-Founder of Malala Fund, Former blogger for BBC Urdu

Notable works

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

Personal life

Tor Pekai Yousafzai (mother) Ziauddin Yousafzai (father)

About Development

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”