The Internet is abuzz with the news of Malala Yousafzai winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest recipient to be so honored and only the third Muslim woman to receive such an accolade. All at the tender age of 17.
Here’s a little introduction to the most courageous and amazing young Muslim woman, who has given so much, including almost her life, to speak out against tyranny and gender inequality to ensure girls get an opportunity to education.
It all started with the father who refused “to clip her wings”.
While most 11 year olds are concerned about self image and friends, Malala was busy defying the Taliban by blogging for the BBC about the situation of girls’ schools in her province.
At 15, she almost lost her life when she was shot at point blank by the Taliban while on her way to school. She underwent extensive surgeries both in Pakistan and England, and a long rehabilitation.
This should have scared and silenced even the bravest of people, but it had the opposite effect. Malala was now fired up. She started talking publicly about girls education, addressing the UN, appearing on talk shows
and receiving numerous awards, culminating with the prestigious of them all, The Nobel Peace Prize.
We are all proud of her, and we hope there will be more Malalas in this world.