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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Pakistani schools network observes anti-Malala day 10 Nov 2014
Islamabad  - An association of Pakistani schools held an “I am not Malala” day on Monday, condemning young Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai for what it called her support for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie. Education campaigner Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 but recovered and went on to win […]
Minister tops Malala, 1D star in UK Asian power list 5 Nov 2014
London  - Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has topped a list of the most influential ethnic South Asians in Britain announced Wednesday, beating Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and One Direction singer Zayn Malik. Javid, a former banker who rapidly rose through the ranks in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, was to collect his […]
Pakistan names women’s cricket tournament after Malala 31 Oct 2014
Karachi – Pakistan’s cricket authorities have named their under-21 women’s tournament after Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai in an effort to encourage girls to take up the game. Malala, who campaigns for the right of all children to go to school, survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 and earlier this month became the youngest […]
Malala donates $50,000 children’s prize to Gaza schools 30 Oct 2014
MARIEFRED (Sweden)  - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai said Wednesday she is giving her entire winnings from a children’s rights award to help rebuild schools in war-ravaged Gaza. The UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, which has launched a massive $1.6 billion appeal for aid for Gaza, said she would be donating all $50,000 of […]
Nobel laureate Malala wins World’s Children’s Prize 28 Oct 2014
Stockholm – Girl’s rights champion Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, won the World’s Children’s Prize on Tuesday, after a global vote involving millions of children. Malala, 17, was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban near her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley for her advocacy of girls’ right […]
Mushahid urges EU to take notice of HR violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir 28 Oct 2014
Islamabad :  Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has urged the European Union and champions of the Human Rights to take a strong notice of the gross violations of Human Rights and atrocities of the Indian forces in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK). He expressed these views in a meeting of the Functional Committee on Human Rights […]
India officials redfaced over video of child cleaners 27 Oct 2014
Lucknow (India)  - Officials in one of India’s most populous states were left red-faced on Monday after a video emerged showing children cleaning up a medical college in preparation for a top politician’s visit. The video, broadcast on the NDTV network, showed children as young as 10 cleaning and sweeping the college grounds in Uttar […]
Pakistan’s Malala receives US Liberty Medal 22 Oct 2014
Philadelphia – Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the Liberty Medal and pledged her $100,000 award to education in her homeland Pakistan. Yousafzai won the annual prize from the National Constitution Center for her “courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving […]
Sindh assembly passes LG bill, amid MQM boycott 20 Oct 2014
Karachi : Sindh assembly here Monday unanimously passed Govt Bill No 25 of 2014, The Sindh Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 amid boycott of Muttadiha Quami Movement (MQM). The house started two hours late than its scheduled time of 10:00am Minister for parliamentary affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro tabled the bill which was passed unanimously. Two […]
Leader of House in Senate strongly denounces Indian firing on LoC 17 Oct 2014
Islamabad ,The Senate began its session in Islamabad on Friday with Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bukhari in the chair. Leader of House in the Senate, Raja Zafarul Haq has strongly denounced the Indian firing on the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary. Speaking in the Senate , he said the army has effectively responded […]
India’s top court summons police over missing children 16 Oct 2014
New Delhi  - India’s top court on Thursday summoned the police chiefs of two states to justify their record on tracking down missing children, acting on a petition from new Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s child rights group. Satyarthi’s Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement) filed the petition before the Supreme Court which had last […]
Despite Nobel win, Pakistan’s Malala hated by many at home 15 Oct 2014
Islamabad – Malala Yousafzai may have won the Nobel Peace Prize, but she remains an object of hate for many Pakistanis who view her as a Western agent on a mission to shame her country. Shot in the head by Taliban insurgents two years ago after she spoke out against them for opposing girls’ education, […]
Nobel brings little impetus for peace in India and Pakistan 14 Oct 2014
New Delhi  - New Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai wasted little time living up to the accolade last week, inviting the leaders of traditional foes India and Pakistan to accompany her and fellow winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights activist, to the award ceremony. But, just hours later, a fresh exchange of fire between […]
Pakistan, India military talk on hotline amid Kashmir tensions 14 Oct 2014
Islamabad – Senior Pakistani and Indian military officials spoke Tuesday by hotline after days of intense cross-border firing in the disputed region of Kashmir heightened tensions. At least 20 civilians have been killed and thousands of people on both sides of the de facto border in Kashmir have fled their homes in what residents have […]

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