Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ‎ Malālah Yūsafzay , born July 12, 1997) is a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, and the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.

Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in November.

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World must do more to free Nigerian schoolgirl hostages: Malala 13 Apr 2015
Lagos  – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Monday criticised Nigerian and world leaders for failing to help free 219 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago by Boko Haram militants. “In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you,” she said in a letter to the teenagers on the […]
Nobel laureate calls for end to crime against humanity 18 Mar 2015
UNITED NATIONS : Depriving children of their childhood and their freedom is “the biggest crime against humanity,” child rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi said today during a visit to United Nations Headquarters in New York. In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Satyarthi welcomed the momentum gained in the […]
UN rights report points to increasing regularity of attacks on girls seeking ... 10 Feb 2015
UNITED NATIONS,  A new United Nations human rights report seeking to analyse the problem of attacks against girls trying to access education found that schools in at least 70 different countries were attacked in the five years between 2009 and 2014, with many attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in […]
UN: School Girls in Dozens of Countries Subject to Regular Attacks 9 Feb 2015
GENEVA— A new study finds millions of girls in at least 70 countries are subjected to widespread attacks that are occurring with increasing regularity to prevent them from receiving an education. The report by the United Nations Human Rights Office finds schools and infrastructure in 24 of these countries also are used for military purposes. […]
Govt committed in improving economy 14 Jan 2015
ISLAMABAD :  President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has said that strenuous and sincere efforts were being made to ensure better and secure future of our coming generations. Despite negative impacts of the sit-ins (dharnas), the government has worked really hard to put the economy on the right track. The President and […]
Taliban militant makes 69 connections on LinkedIn, lists `jihad` as skill 5 Jan 2015
London,  A former Taliban militant, who now openly promotes himself as the spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has reportedly made 69 connections on LinkedIn. Ehsanullah Ehsan, describes himself as “self-employed” and even lists “jihad and journalism” as his skill on his LinkedIn account, reported The Daily Star. Ehasan’s Taliban splinter group had threatened […]
UN, UNESCO denounce Peshawar school attack 17 Dec 2014
  UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children. “It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenseless children while they learn,” Ban said […]
Pakistan mourns 148 killed in Taliban school massacre 17 Dec 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan)  – Pakistan on Wednesday mourned 148 people — mostly children — killed by the Taliban in a school massacre that prompted global revulsion and put the government under new pressure to combat the scourge of militancy. Across the country many schools closed as a mark of respect, while others held special prayers for […]
Funerals Begin for 141 Slain in Taliban Attack on Pakistan School 17 Dec 2014
The first funerals are being held for the victims of a Taliban school massacre in Pakistan on Tuesday that left at least 141 people dead, most of them young students. Wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives, seven assailants attacked the military-run facility in the northwestern city of Peshawar, shooting children and adults. Pakistani officials […]
Taliban attack on Pakistan school draws global revulsion 16 Dec 2014
Washington  – World leaders Tuesday condemned the Taliban massacre of Pakistani schoolchildren as “heinous” and “an act of horror” in an outpouring of global revulsion at the attack which killed 141 people. “By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity,” said President Barack Obama, promising that the […]
Pakistani Taliban: the group behind Peshawar school attack 16 Dec 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan)  Pakistani Taliban which claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s school rampage that killed at least 130 people is the country’s main Islamist rebel group and was also behind the shooting of Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai. Considered to have close ties to Al-Qaeda and listed as a terrorist group by the United States since September […]
Carnage as Taliban storm Pakistan school, kill 130 16 Dec 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan)  – Taliban insurgents killed at least 130 people, most of them children, after storming an army-run school on Tuesday in one of Pakistan’s bloodiest ever attacks. Witnesses described how a huge blast shook the Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar and six gunmen in government paramilitary uniforms went from classroom […]
Malala ‘heartbroken’ by Pakistan school slayings 16 Dec 2014
London  – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was “heartbroken” by “the senseless and cold blooded” killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan. At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed when gunmen stormed an army-run school […]
Pakhtuns have suffered most since 1979: Mushahid 15 Dec 2014
ISLAMABAD, Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain, has said that national reconciliation is the need of the hour and Pakistan’s problems can only be solved collectively, not by any single individual, party, government or institution alone. Addressing members of the Provincial Assembly of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during a special lecture organised here […]

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