Ria Kamras – Women to Women: Malala Yousafzai
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Although Malala Yousafzai is only 20 years old, she has been campaigning for girls’ rights to study in Pakistan since her 11th birthday. Malala was born in 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan’s Swat District. His father, who was a poet and a teacher, tried to give her the same opportunities that the boys got in Pakistan. The Taliban annexed the Swat District in 2008 and they introduced harsh penalties – one of which prohibited girls from going to school. The 11-year old Malala wrote blog posts about the terrible regime of the Taliban which were then published regularly by BBC and The New York Times.
After the Taliban had been successfully crowded out from the Swat District, Malala could return to school again. Malala continued to advocate and speak about girls’ rights to study. She became a target of the Taliban who tried to do everything to keep her silent. In 2012, Taliban armed forces stopped the school bus with Malala on it and called the then 15-year-old Malala by name. Although her classmates tried to defend her, the gunmen recognized Malala and shot her in the head, the neck and the shoulders. Malala was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Her final treatment was completed in England where she has been living since.
Malala Yousafzai has since become an international figure, has spoken in the UN and has met with many leaders in the world. She wrote a book and set up a foundation which aim is to give every girl the opportunity to be educated. She has been travelling the world over the last few years to give voice to those who cannot speak up. She has received numerous international awards for her work. She was also awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest Nobel Prize winner of all time.
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