At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala first came to attention in 2009 after she wrote an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan. At 15, a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus in Pakistan and shot her and two other girls, attempting to both kill Malala and, as the Taliban later said, teach a ‘lesson’ to anyone who had the courage to stand up for education, freedom and self-determination, particularly for girls and women. She has since published an autobiography and addressed the United Nations.
Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations. She has done this under dangerous circumstances. We should all take lead from her struggle and commitment. It shows you can work for social justice at any age.
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