Biography Of Malala Yousafzai

Biography Of Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school student and a spokesperson for women’s rights to education. As a retaliation to her campaign to promote education and critique of the Taliban Malala was shot in the head in close range of the Taliban gunman. She was able to recover from the injury and is now an important spokesperson in the field of human rights and education and women’s rights. She has been awarded many peace awards and was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 alongside Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights advocate.


Early Life Malala

Malala was born (12 July 1997) in Mingora in the Swat District of northwest Pakistan to a Sunni Muslim family. Her name was Malala”grief-stricken a well-known woman Pashtun writer and warrior of Afghanistan.

His father Ziauddin Yousafzai is a poet and oversees an educational chain that includes public schools. He is an eminent education advocate on his own. The year 2009 was the time Malala wrote a blog anonymously for BBC in which she shared her opinions regarding education and her life in the face of the Taliban who were threatening to take over her valley. Her father was the one who suggested her daughter write to the BBC. She wrote under the name “Gul Makai.”

During this time, the Taliban’s military’s hold over the area grew. There were times when Malala said she heard artillery firing from the advance of Taliban forces. In the days after the Taliban assumed control of the region, they issued edicts that banned music, and television and prevented women from shopping, as well as restricting education for women. Girls’ schools were often blown up and students stayed in their homes afraid of punishment by the Taliban. For a brief period, there was a brief period of calm in the form of a statement by the Taliban declaring that girls could get the primary education they needed if they donned Burkhas. However, a sense of fear grew as Malala along with her father started receiving threats to kill them for their controversial opinions. In the aftermath, Malala along with her dad started to worry for their security. Her father was once contemplating the possibility of moving Malala away from Swat to a boarding school, however, Malala did not want to go.

” I’m not sure why the fact that the news that I was targeted for a particular attack did not bother me. I was thinking that everyone is aware that they will end up dying at some point.” I am Malala p.188

Her father suggested that the end of their campaigning protect protection of human rights Malala replied

“How do we achieve this? It was you to say that when our faith is in something larger than ourselves Our voices will only increase until we’re dead. We cannot deny the cause we’ve fought for” “I am Malala p.188

I was approached by people who wanted me to speak at various events. How could I deny saying that there’s a security issue? It’s impossible particularly and not in the same way as Pashtuns proudly. My father used to say that heroism was in our Pashtun DNA. I am Malala p.180

When the BBC blog was shut down, Malala was featured in a documentary by New York Times reporter Adam B.Ellick. In addition, she received more media coverage across the world as her identity regarding on the BBC blog was discovered. She won the initial National Youth Peace Prize and was chosen by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Her growing popularity and sharp critique of the Taliban resulted in Taliban officials getting together which they did in 2012. They decided to execute her.

On the 9th of October, 2012, a gunman disguised as a man approached her school bus, and asked “Which among you Malala? Make sure you speak up. If not, I’ll hit you at all .”

Malala was discovered and hit with one bullet that went through her neck, head, and shoulder. Two other girls also were injured, but not as severely as Malala.

Malala was able to escape the initial attack but was later found to be in an extremely critical state. Her father was convinced that she was going to die and instructed that the entire village needed to prepare for her funeral. Her vital organs were failing and she contracted an infection. In a state of coma, she was taken to the medical facility in Rawalpindi. On the 15th of October, she was taken into Birmingham located in Birmingham in the United Kingdom for further treatment at a specialist hospital treating injuries from the military. Within a couple of days, she was released from an induced coma and was responsive to treatment. She was released on the 3rd of January 2013 and was moved along with the family to a new residence in the West Midlands. In her book “I am Malala” she writes.

“It was a miracle I was alive” (p.237)

She writes about her lack of bitterness, or desire to get revenge.

“My biggest regret was that it was the fact that I never had the chance to talk with them before their shot me. They’d never be able to listen to the things I had to say. I didn’t think one negative thought about the person who killed me. I had no plans of revenge. I simply wanted to return to Swat. I was desperate to return home” I am Malala p.237

Biography Of Malala Yousafzai


Biography Of Malala Yousafzai

Response to attempt at Assassination

Her murder was widely condemned and protested throughout Pakistan. More than two million people have signed the Right to Education campaign. The petition was instrumental in the approval of the first law on education rights in Pakistan.

Ehsanullah Ehsan who is the chief spokesperson on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident and claimed that Yousafzai was an emblem of infidels and obscenity. But other Islamic religious leaders in Pakistan issued an official fatwa to the Taliban leaders, saying there was no justification for religion for the shooting of a girl in a school.

United Nations petition
On the 15th of October, UN Special Envoy for global education, Gordon Brown visited Malala when she was hospitalized and started an online petition in her honor to show support for the causes Malala was fighting for.’

Utilizing an ad campaign slogan “I am Malala” the petition includes three demands

We urge Pakistan to sign an education plan for every child.
We urge all countries to ban discrimination against girls.
We ask international organizations to ensure that all 6 million children aren’t in school by the end of the year 2015.
I am Malala – petition

On July 12, 2013, she addressed her address at the United Nations to a group of 500 students calling for universal education access.

“I do not have anything in any way against anyone. Nor is it my intention to discuss personal retribution against the Taliban as well as any other terror organization. I’m here to advocate for the right to education for all children. I’m adamant about education for the daughters and sons of the Taliban as well as all terrorists and radicals.” ( BBC Link of speech)

malala-oval Her international fame and awe from the West have triggered outrage in Pakistan. Many people in Pakistan are concerned that the West’s support of Malala is a bit naive in light of that the US drone strikes that have been conducted in Pakistan in addition to Afghanistan. Her plight also is a reminder of the unchecked violence of the Taliban which is a major problem for Pakistan. Many within Pakistan worry that Malala is pushing a Western agenda. On the other hand, Malala is dismayed by conspiracy theories in her country and wants to portray her homeland Pakistan in a positive light. Her BBC blog is a good example of this feeling.

…I immediately noticed images of Pakistanis on my computer screen. It wasn’t the usual rock-throwing Pakistanis shouting in unison in burning tires, but peaceful candle-lit gorgeous Pakistanis and words of affection and peace in their mouths. This happened to be the UN International Day of the Girl Child and the BBC decided to highlight this by telling an account of what they called the National Awakening in Pakistan, after the shooting of a 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. I was thrilled by the apparent shift in 24 hours from a story about “those Pakistanis are so barbaric they shoot their school girls” to one that portrayed optimism, determination, and a better depiction of the millions of people who are against the idea of such a thing. (5 February 2013)

From 2013 to the present, she has been a student at Edgbaston High School in Birmingham. She continues to be an active and prominent activist, based on her family who reside in Birmingham. The documentary on Yousafzai was nominated for the Oscars “He Named Me Malala. The year 2017 was the first time she started taking classes in PPE at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.


Biography Of Malala Yousafzai


Further Quotes by Malala
“Today we are all aware that we have a right to education. It’s not just for our West; Islam too has granted the right to education. Islam states that everyone and every girl should attend school. The Quran says God would like us to be armed with an understanding.” I am Malala p.263

“One child with one teacher, a pen, and a book can transform the world. Only education is the sole way to solve this problem. The first step is education.”

– UN Speech, July 12, 2013

“I am a lover of my God. I praise Allah. I speak to him throughout the day long. He is the best. In giving me this opportunity to be able to touch people, he has assigned me a lot of responsibility. Peace in every house and every street, every town, and every country – that’s my goal. A quality education for all boys and girls around the globe. To lie down on the chair and read my book with my classmates in school, is my privilege. To look at every person with a smile is my dream. I am Malala p 265

“I am Malala, My world has changed but I have not.” p.265

In October 2014, the Nobel committee awarded Malala the Nobel Peace Prize, they declared:

“Despite her young age, Malala Yousafzai has already been fighting for several years for the rights of girls to an education. She has proven through her example that young children can also be a part of improving their own lives.

“This she has accomplished in the most treacherous conditions. Because of her bravery, she has emerged as a key voice for girls’ right to education.”

The year 2020 was the time Malala was able to meet environmentalist Greta Thunberg on the steps of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and said of Thunberg “The only friend I would miss school for.” Thunberg stated about Malala “So… Today, I got to meet the person who has become my model. What else could you say?”


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