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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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 […]
Malala Yousafzai wants to return home to Pakistan next year 12 Dec 2014
Karachi : Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has said that she intends to return to Pakistan next year. While remarking that winning the Nobel peace prize was a great honour for her and her country, Yousafzai said that the prize money will be spent on children’s education in Pakistan, reported the Dawn. She said that she […]
Malala sees herself as Pakistan prime minister in 20 years 11 Dec 2014
Oslo – Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said Thursday that she could see herself becoming prime minister of her country in about 20 years. “I want to help my country, I want my country to go forward and I’m really patriotic,” said 17-year-old Malala, the youngest Nobel laureate ever. “That’s why I decided […]
Activists Malala, Satyarthi Accept Nobel Peace Prize 10 Dec 2014
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi made history Wednesday as they accepted this year’s Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway. The 17-year-old Malala is the youngest Nobel laureate, while Satyarthi is the first Indian-born peace prize winner. Malala, in accepting her award, said: This “is for […]
CM Welcomes Noble Award to Malala Yousafzai 10 Dec 2014
Peshawar ,KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has expressed re-joicement on noble prize award to Malala Yousafzai saying that this teen age girls has projected our better and soft image among the international community by propagating the message of peace and education that is matter of pride. In message of felicitation, he congratulated Malala Yousafzai on […]
Malala, India’s Satyarthi receive joint Noble Peace Prize 10 Dec 2014
ISLAMABAD, Education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received Noble Peace Prize at an impressive ceremony in Olso Wednesday. Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee Thorbjorn Jagland awarded them the prize. Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee described the laureates as champions of peace. He lauded the efforts […]
Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize 10 Dec 2014
Oslo – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel laureate Wednesday when she received the Peace Prize in Oslo, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. “A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the […]



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