Four years ago, on this day Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban. The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner has since then come a long way in advocating Human Rights, specially education for women.
Here are few things about Malala that you should know:
1. Born in 1997 in Pakistan, Malala became an activist for women’s education rights as a child. She delivered a speech titled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” in Peshawar in 2008, at the young age of 11.
2. In 2009, she started blogging for BBC about how it is to live in the presence of Taliban and their threats. She did not reveal her identity and wrote under the name, Gul Makai. However, her identity was made public by the year end.
3. In 2011, Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize and won the Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize.
4. Reacting to Malala’s success the Taliban issued a warrant of death threat against her. And on October 9, 2012 a Taliban gunman shot her in the head while she was going back to home from school.
5. After recovering from the life-threatening incident, Malala presented a speech at the United Nations in 2013.
6. She has also penned an autobiography, , ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’.
7 In another addition to her achievements, Malala won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European parliament in October 2013.