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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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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 […]
ANP flays KP govt for stopping Malala’s book launching 28 Jan 2014
KARACHI,  Awami National Party (ANP) Sindh on Tuesday flayed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for stopping Malala Yousafzai’s book launching ceremony in Peshawar University. In a statement issued from Bacha Khan Markaz Karachi, Chairman ANP Sindh organizing committee, Altaf Khan Advocate, said that by stopping book launching ceremony, KP government had shown its ugly face itself. “By […]
No ban on Malala’s book unveiling, the venue and security is the problem, Sha... 28 Jan 2014
Peshawar :  The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations, Shah Farman has said that the government has not stopped the unveiling of Malala Yousafzai’s book “I am Malala”. The Minister said the real issue was of a suitable place and security for holding the ceremony. He said the government wished that the students […]
Pakistan provincial government halts Malala book launch 28 Jan 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan) :  A launch ceremony for education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book at a university in her native Pakistan was cancelled after pressure from the provincial government, organisers and officials said Tuesday. Malala survived a Taliban assassination attempt in the country’s restive northwest in 2012 and has become a global champion for the struggle for […]
4th Youth Festival inaugurated in Karachi 18 Jan 2014
KARACHI,  Provincial Minister of Transport, Sports and Youth Affairs, Mumtaz Hussin Jakhrani, on Saturday inaugurated 4th Youth Festival in Karachi. The event was organized in collaboration with Youth Parliament at National Museum of Pakistan. The event comprised several competitions including Theatre, painting, Arts and craft, short film, special youth singing, photography, quiz, battle of the […]
Pakistan police stumped by preaching centre bomb 17 Jan 2014
Peshawar (Pakistan) – Police investigating a bomb attack on a preaching centre in northwest Pakistan said on Friday they had no clear idea who could have been behind the blast. The blast at an Islamic preaching centre in troubled Peshawar city on Thursday evening killed at least nine preachers and wounded more than 50, officials […]
Pakistan sets up military base in troubled Swat Valley 15 Jan 2014
Islamabad – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday announced the setting up of a permanent military base in the troubled Swat Valley where Taliban insurgents shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in the head. The scenic northwestern district slipped out of government control after Taliban fighters led by cleric Maulana Fazlullah, now chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan […]


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