“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
– Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai also known mononymously as Malala, is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in her home country of Pakistan in 2012 at age 15. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on her 16th birthday and she has since started a charity to help educate girls, gone on to attend Oxford University and opened her first school on her 18th birthday. Movies and books have been written about her. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become “the most prominent citizen” of the country.