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Malala


Malala Yousafzai often called just Malala, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Pakistani Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become "the most prominent citizen" of the country.

In 2012, while on a bus after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Pakistani Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism and she thankfully recovered.

Following her recovery, Malala became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based in Birmingham, she co-founded a non-profit organisation called the Malala Fund, and in 2013, she co-authored I Am Malala, an international best seller. Time magazine has featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada.

 


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