17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on 10th October 2014 and is the youngest Nobel Laureate.
Yousafzai’s life has been no walk in the park with the political instability and insecurity playing a major part in her life as a young girl. Malala first began writing for BBC as a blogger at the age of 11. Her blog series content mostly consisted of her life experience without access to education, after a Taliban edict prevented the girls in her hometown from attending school. At the tender age of 14, she became the target at a shooting by local Taliban gunmen. The Taliban sought her out in a bus, asking her name and proceeding to fire 3 bullets. As a result, one bullet was shot into her head and left her in critical condition which left her in recovery for one year.
After a treacherous year, her determination saw her recover and fully restored back to health. In 2013, she published a book titled I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. The book was well received and she was soon appointed a United Nations Ambassador lobbying for education for all children across the globe by 2015. She was also named in the Most Influential People in the world by Time Magazine. Her efforts shone a bright light on the pertinent issue of illiteracy. Malala’s willpower helped her rise above the constant threats to herself as well as her family as she focused on completing her education.
“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award,” she said at a news conference this morning. Her commitment to the greater good saw her being recognized for her vital role to end child illiteracy. She will share the $1.1 million prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India, a veteran activist in the fight to free children from trafficking and inhuman labor practices.