According to Nobelprize.org, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history.
She won this coveted award on October 10, 2014. She shares the award with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India. Wikipedia goes on to say that Malala won the award when she was just 17-years-old.
Early life of Malala
Wikipedia writes that she was born on July 12, 1997 in Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. Malala was personally affected by the taliban’s refusal to let girls go to school. She became a passionate advocate for education for girls in her country which expanded to an international movement. Furthermore, education was important for the Yousafzai family who owned several schools in the region where she lived.
Writing and activism
Wikipedia states that her days of activism started when she wrote a blog for BBC under a pen name. She wrote of her experience, under the taliban rule. She also voiced her opinions about the situation and her hopes for a better future fortified by a good education. In 2010, Adam B. Ellick a journalist did a documentary about the military in the region and the young Malala was featured. She rose to fame giving talks and was nominated by Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize
Wikipedia recalls the experience Malala had when she boarded a school bus one day and was shot by gunman. She was left in critical condition but was a fighter through and through. When she was well enough to travel, she was taken to Birmingham, England for extensive physiotherapy.
The media picked up on the story and the world was enraged by the attempted murder including 50 clergy in Pakistan who issued a fatwā (religious ruling) against the taliban who then threatened to kill both Malala and her father. The public outraged by the atrocity perpetrated against Malala Yousafzai practically made her a household name.
Wikipedia recounts that some people such as Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster called her the most “famous teenager in the world.” His sentiments were ratified by “Time” magazine when they included her in the “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” Malala also won the first National Youth Prize in Pakistan, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, an honorary doctorate from University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Canada is preparing to bestow honorary citizenship to this very deserving young lady.