A fighter against orthodox views about women in Pakistan is what Malala Yousafzai has been and she was tipped to win the Nobel Prize last year but missed it somehow but not denied as this year she was honoured with the prize along with another child rights activist across the border in India, Kailash Satyarthi.
Born on July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai was an ordinary school girl who began to write a blog on BBC about women rights and education needs. The local taliban, which is against women education per se, chose to eliminate the small girl who boarded her school bus as usual in Swat, Pakistan on Oct.9, 2012. A masked gunman entered the bus asked her by name and shot her point balnk with a Colt 45.
Shocked world focused on her so much that she was rushed unconscious to London for treatment and after her recovery, she rose to world fame when the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I’m Malala”. Soon she became “the most famous teenager in the world.
She was featured on Time magazine in 2013 as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” and she won several awards all over the world.
The same day when Malala did not make it to the Nobel Peace Prize, she was bestowed with Sakharov Prize, an equivalent prize. She also won the Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, the World Children’s prize in Sweden and she was honoured with an honorary doctorate by the University of King’s College in Halifax in May 2014.
On October 10, 2014, Malala was bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize and she became the second Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize after Abdus Salam and the youngest winner of the world honour.