Malala Yousafzai

Created in London, England.

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"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

I Am Malala

Named after the famous Afghani poet and warrior, Malalai of Maiwand, Malala has become a symbol for women's rights and the enduring spirit of truth for people worldwide.

Malala was raised Muslim in the city of Mingora, Pakistan, where her father (an amazing man) ran a school for girls.


  

"Dear sisters and brothers, we have a responsibility to improve the world".

Childhood

In this region it was common for women not to go to school, but Malala's father always encouraged her to learn and taught her that she could accomplish anything she set her heart to.

 

Malala loved learning and school. She dreamed of one day growing up to help other people and imagined herself 

becoming a teacher, doctor, or politician.

Malala learned three different languages including Pashto, English, and Urdu.

Peace

As the Taliban gained more control, they began to enforce new laws upon people. Suddenly women would not be allowed to vote or have jobs and there would be no longer be dancing, television, movies, or music allowed.

Eventually, the Taliban demanded that all the girls schools be shut down. Girls schools that did not shut down were burned or destroyed.

"If you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill an innocent person, you are not Muslim anymore.
You do not share my faith." - Malala

Be peaceful and love everyone.

In 2009 Malala wrote about her life during the Taliban occupation of her home in Pakistan and the ban on girls’ education. The writing became very popular and suddenly Malala became a target for those who had been oppressing the people and women in Pakistan. 

In 2012, aged just 15 years old, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus.

She recovered in Birmingham, England, where she and her family chose to remain afterward.

On July 12, 2013, at the first ever Youth

Takeover of the UN, Malala said:

"I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus Christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone".

Serving Humanity

In 2013, Yousafzai was awarded the International Children’s Peace prize and co-founded the Malala fund to champion the right of every girl to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

In 2014, she received the

Nobel Peace Prize.

"The world needs leadership based on serving humanity, not based on how many weapons you have."

"Dear sisters and brothers, we have a responsibility to improve the world". 

"Let them say, we were the first to live in a world where all girls could learn and lead without fear".

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"We should not ask children who flee their homes to also give up their dreams".

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"The world needs leadership based on serving humanity, not based on how many weapons you have."