Malala Yousafzai

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I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back” – Malala Yousafzai

Education advocate Malala Yousafzai had already received international recognition when she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to receive the International Children’s Prize of Peace in October of 2011. Two months later, she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. Encouraging girls via her blog to resist extremism by going to school, she drew the ire of the Taliban. On October 9, 2012, gunmen boarded her school van in an assassination attempt. Malala was shot in the head and neck, but survived the ordeal and was thrust even more so into the international spotlight.

Malala has since founded the Malala Fund (non-profit), which raises money for education initiatives for young girls. She is also the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, winning the award as a co-recipient in 2014 at the age of 17. Now 20, Malala has recently joined Twitter to announce that she has finished high school, and to remind people how absolutely amazing she is.

Further Reading: I Am Malala

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