Terrific Woman Tuesday: Malala Yousafzai

When I first read this young lady’s book and learned about her story, I was completely in awe of her bravery and her dedication. This girl is a Pakistani school pupil and spokesperson for women’s right to education. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is, Malala Yousafzai.

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Malala lived in Mingora, the Swat District of north-west Pakistan. She had a blog on BBC and would write about the cruel actions of the Talibans. After ending her blog, she was in a documentary made by New York Times, which brought a lot of publicity to her name. In 2011, Malala received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. The Talibans had noticed her strident criticism of them, and planned to kill her in 2012.

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On October 9, 2012 as Malala was on the bus on her way to school, a masked gunman came on looking for Malala. When they found her they shot her and the bullet went through her head, neck, and shoulder. It was  a miracle that she survived, she was in such critical condition her family was planning her funeral at the time.

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When Malala recovered, she wrote a book named, “I am Malala,” to bring awareness to her story. It was such a moving story and a well written book that by 2014 she won the Noble Peace Prize. Malala continues to fight for women’s rights, specifically in Pakistan where girls are prohibited to go to school and get an education. I admire her bravery and persistence, and I thank her for continuing to fight for what is right and allowing her voice to be heard.

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