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July 12, 1997 (age 24), Pakistan
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Malala Yousafzai has made a huge impact on the lives of young girls, particularly with respect to education. She has proven to the world that anyone can be an advocate for change. Even in the face of violent opposition, she has helped young girls deprived of education to receive the learning they need to become future professionals and leaders. Almost a year after a statement she gave regarding Muslims and education progress, we catch up on her efforts and how her movement has improved the education landscape worldwide.
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
“If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?”
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.”
“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”
Malala was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The United Nations named July 12th as "World Malala Day."
In 2015 an asteroid was named in honor of Malala.
On October 9, 2012, Malala boarded a bus to advocate for Pakistani girls' education when the Taliban shot her in the head and neck. She was 15.