Malala Yousafzai: A Pakistan Education Activist

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12th, 1997 in Swat Valley District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan in a Lower- Middle Class Family. Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai is also an education activist and he was the owner of a chain of Private schools in the Swat Valley.

In 2007, a war-like situation came up and the Political tensions in the Swat Valley became critical. Taliban started merging the valley and most of northwestern Pakistan.

People weren't even  allowed to watch television. The cultural rituals in the beautiful valley did not happen. There was complete Contravention of women's Fundamental Rights including educational rights.

However, Malala was an passionate advocate of education, and the Taliban forces destroying 400 schools did not discourage her soul.

In 2009, at the age of 11 Malala started blogging on the Urdu BBC website  under the pen name 'Gul Makai'. She wrote extensively about how the  Taliban's war-zone is turning into a nightmare for her and other girls attending school.

After the internal displacement, she and her father re-establish their mission to fight for the equal and quality education of girls. For this upright cause, the Pakistan government awarded her the National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.

On the awful day of October 12, 2012 Taliban shot Malala by a bullet which lodged in her shoulder near spinal cord. She was immediately airlifted to military hospital in Peshawar, and after five hours of  successful operation they removed the bullet. Then she shifted to Birmingham, England in Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Malala went through several surgeries, repairment of facial nerves that deaden her left side. In 2013, finally, she was able to attend school in Birmingham.

World took notice of Malala's courageous act. On her 16th birthday, she was invited to New York to speak at the United Nations.

In 2014, Malala received the most prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for the right of all children to education. She dedicated the award to children across the world who were in need of education and peace.

On November 9,2021 she married Asser Malik who is the manager of Pakistan Cricket Board.