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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100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held 23 Jul 2014
ABUJA — Nigerians are marking the 100th day since more than 200 girls were kidnapped from their schoolhouse in the war-torn northeast. While the abduction sparked international outrage and support, the girls appear to be no closer to home than they were 100 days ago. In five years of Boko Haram insurgency and thousands of […]
Malala tells Nigeria president to meet parents of hostages 14 Jul 2014
Abuja  - Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai on Monday urged Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to meet with parents of the schoolgirls kidnapped three months ago by Boko Haram. Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and has become a champion for access to schooling, was in Abuja on her 17th birthday to mark […]
HRCP concerned at Panjgur schools closure 16 Jun 2014
Lahore : Dismayed at the forced and continued closure of schools by militants in the Panjgur town of Balochistan, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) sees this as the latest sign of extremism gnawing at the vitals of the country. A statement issued by HRCP on Monday said that a previously unheard of militant […]
Malala Portrait Raises $102,000 for Nigerian Girls 16 May 2014
A British artist’s portrait of Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai has sold for more than $100,000 at auction. Christie’s said the painting of the teenager shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way to school sold for $102,500, including commission and fees. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Malala […]
Malala: abducted Nigerian girls are my sisters 8 May 2014
Washington  – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, said Wednesday she sees the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria as her sisters. Speaking on CNN, Malala said the extremist group Boko Haram behind the mass abduction does not understand Islam and has not […]
Distribution of free textbooks begins 24 Apr 2014
KARACHI, Sindh Senior Minister for Education on Thursday inaugurated distribution of free schoolbooks up to ten classes for Karachi students and warned the officials concerned that no negligence would be tolerated in the matter of provision of free textbooks to students. The inauguration ceremony was held here at NJV School building. The senior minister said […]
Pakistan commission to probe attack on journalist 20 Apr 2014
Islamabad – Pakistan’s government Sunday announced a special commission to investigate an attack on a prominent television anchor which his brother blamed on the country’s powerful spy agency. Hamid Mir, who hosts a popular talk show on Pakistan’s Geo News channel, came under fire on Saturday while travelling in a car to his office in […]
Malala portrait up for auction in New York 16 Apr 2014
New York – A portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is expected to fetch up to $80,000 for her charity when it is auctioned in New York next month. By Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain’s leading portrait painters, the oil on canvas has been on display at […]
Teen Activist Malala Urges Women to ‘Speak Up’ 9 Mar 2014
International Women’s Day is being celebrated worldwide Saturday. The U.N. calls the occasion a time to reflect on progress made and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Pakistan’s renowned teenage activist Malala Yousafzai spoke with VOA Deewa […]
Bomb kills three in northwest Pakistan 22 Feb 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan) – A roadside bomb targeting a local leader of a nationalist party in northwest Pakistan killed three people and wounded two others on Saturday, police said. The incident took place in Buner district in the troubled northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, close to Swat Valley where Taliban insurgents shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in […]
Malala urges support to educate Syria refugee children 19 Feb 2014
Amman  – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, urged the world on Wednesday to help Syrian refugee children receive a proper education. “There are still so many girls and children who cannot go to school,” Malala said as she visited a school in northern Jordan’s Zaatari refugee […]
Pakistan’s Bhutto lashes out at ‘stone-age’ Taliban 15 Feb 2014
Karachi :  Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, slammed the Taliban Saturday for trying to drag the country back to a “stone-age era”, as peace talks between the government and militants continued. Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week cultural festival in his home province of Sindh, […]
Malala nominated for ‘Children’s Nobel’ 5 Feb 2014
Stockholm :  Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, was nominated for the World Children’s Prize in Sweden on Wednesday for championing education rights for girls. “She is a child herself and she stands up for girls’ rights to education in Pakistan, but also in the world as […]
Malala Yousafzai’s book launch cancelled after govt. intervention 29 Jan 2014
London,  Pakistani education activist and student Malala Yousafzai”s book launch in north-west Pakistan has been cancelled following direct intervention by the provincial government, organizers said. Meanwhile, the police and provincial officials said it was halted over security concerns, the BBC reports. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said he could not understand the reason behind […]

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