Malala Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was 17. He is the youngest person in history to have received this award.
This young civil rights activist has focused her efforts on fighting for the right to education for girls around the world.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora (Pakistan) in 1997 and is the eldest of three brothers. Her father, a teacher by profession, decided to offer his daughter the same educational opportunities as boys in Pakistan. To this end, he enrolled her in school, making visible the claim of the right to education.
It was he who encouraged Malala to move towards political activism, since the young woman initially wanted to devote herself only to medicine.
Malala’s first steps in the fight for human rights
In 2007, the Taliban took control of the Swat district and banned the girls from continuing their education. It was at this time that Malala, under the pseudonym of Gul Makai, began writing a blog for the BBC describing her life under the mandate of this regime.
In this virtual space he denounced the discrimination suffered by girls and women at the hands of this violent group.
The atrocities to which the civilian population continues to be subjected are manifold and demonstrate the total contempt for human life.
Large numbers of children, young and old alike have been attacked, massacred or killed, although Afghan women continue to be the main victims of this injustice based on violence, degradation and inequality.
“They started spreading the message that women did not have the same rights or freedoms as men. To me it was unacceptable; and it was this situation that motivated me to make my voice heard.
No girl could go to school anymore. I wanted to be a doctor, earn my money and make my own decisions. I remember that day I woke up and started crying, ” Malala said in an interview.
Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist
On 9 October 2012, Malala was the victim of an attack in Mingora (Pakistan). She was returning home by school bus when two Taliban got into the vehicle and insulted her and shot her with a rifle, hitting her in the head and neck.
The spokesman for the terrorist group, after being informed that she was not dead, stated that they would try to kill her again and claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
Malala was threatened with death by terrorists for describing on her blog the atrocities committed in her region, the district of Swat in northern Pakistan. In particular, he wrote of the pain associated with the ban on girls’ education and the destruction of most schools.
After surviving the attack, the girl was hospitalized in a hospital near the capital, Islamabad. There they extracted the bullet that had lodged in the neck, near the spinal cord.
She was later transferred to England, where she underwent several surgeries and several months of rehabilitation.
What happened to Malala Yousafzai after the accident
Demonstrations of support for the young woman began to arrive from all over the world and immediately resulted in international condemnation by most of the political leaders.
Malala was discharged after an acoustic device was implanted in her left ear and a titanium plate in her skull. After all this, and to the astonishment of the whole world, he went back to fighting for human rights.
Her activism and fighting spirit pushed her forward without stopping, turning her into a heroine and spokesperson for girls fighting for the right to education.
“We are all Malala”, the worldwide recognition
Malala is an exceptional young woman, a woman of unique wisdom, sensitive and centered, something rare to find in young people her age. In his life, he has experienced the worst and the best that human beings can offer.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has received worldwide love and support from politicians, human rights activists and citizens in general. In addition, she has been awarded various awards in as many different countries.
This incredible girl is an inspiration to anyone who wants to fight for a fairer world. The voice of a woman like Malala is the hope to silence guns and promote sustainable change throughout the world.