Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai has just become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the first Pakistani person to receive this award. At only 17 years old, she is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement. She has been a social platform for female education with the help and support of her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, who runs a chain of schools in Pakistan. After many opportunities for her to get her voice out into the world, on October 9, 2012, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban. After a long road of recovery and intense therapy, Malala continues her quest of equal rights in her home country and around the world. She believes not only in education, but that education is the best weapon one could possess. To listen to this courageous girl's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, follow this link.

Something we can all learn from Malala is that ANYONE can make a difference no matter their age, gender, nationality, religion, or social class.


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