Malala Yousafzai Biography
Malala Yousafzai was born on 12 July 1997 in Pakistan, She is a Pakistani activist for female education. She is known for human rights advocacy. Especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan.
On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in Swat District after taking an exam, Malala and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman. In an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism. Following her recovery, she became a prominent education activist. Based out of Birmingham, she founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization. In 2013 co-authored “I am Malala”, an international bestseller.
In 2014, she was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children. Also for young people and for the right of all children to education.
On 12 July 2015, her 18th birthday, Malala opened a school in the “Bekaa Valley”, Lebanon, for Syrian refugees. The school, funded by the not-for-profit Malala Fund. Offers education and training to girls aged 14 to 18 years. Malala called on world leaders to invest in “books, not bullets”
Malala In Pakistan
Reception of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan is mostly negative. Her opposition to Taliban policy makes her unpopular among Taliban sympathizers. A Dawn columnist alleges that she is scapegoat by the failing state government. A journalist in The Nation wrote that Malala Yousafzai is hated by “overzealous patriots” who are keen to deny oppression of women in the country. Malala’s statements conflict with the view that militancy in Pakistan is a result of Western interference. And conservatives and Islamic fundamentalists describe her ideology as “anti-Pakistan” and “anti-Islam”.
She was flown to Britain in 2012 for medical care. There she impressed the world with her eloquent defense of the rights of girls and women. She is a holder of almost 50 awards and honors for her work and contributions in the field of education and her representation of Pakistani youth.
Malala returned to Pakistan on Thursday after spending 6 year away from her homeland. The young activist broke down in tears saying, “I have been dreaming of returning to Pakistan for the last five years, and today I am very happy, but I can still not believe that this is actually happening,”. “Today, after 5 ½ years, I have set foot on my soil. Whenever I would travel, in plane or in car, I would imagine that it’s Pakistan and I am driving in Islamabad. I would imagine this is Karachi, and it was never true, but now that I see it, I am very happy,” she added.