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Malala Yousafzai
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    (July 12, 1997- )
    Born in Mingora, Pakistan
    Student and education rights activist
    Blogged about life under Taliban rule for the BBC (2009)
    Survived an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman (October 9, 2012)
    Co-authored the memoir 'I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban' (2013)
    She was allowed to stay up late and talk politics after her brothers had been sent to bed.
    She was considered the favorite to win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, but lost out to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
    She makes you feel guilty about ever having skipped school.
    She began speaking out at age 11, when she asked 'How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?' in a speech covered by regional TV and newspapers (September, 2008).
    She and her father regularly received death threats.
    After the shooting, she required surgery to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing.
    A group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against her would-be assassins.
    Her shooting prompted the ratification of Pakistan's first Right to Education law.
    She addressed the UN on her 16th birthday.
    She was the first recipient of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.
    She became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize (2014).

Credit: C. Fishel


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