WHO: MALALA YOUSAFZAI
WHERE: Sixteen-year-old Malala grew up in Pakistan’s conservative Swat Valley, where her fearless activism in support of education and human rights for women incensed the Taliban, leading to much harassment and an attack on a bus, where she was shot in the neck and head.
WHY: After a miraculous recovery, Malala continues to fight for her cause with her father’s support, drawing worldwide admiration and recognition. Her ordeal and courage speeded the passage of Pakistan’s Right to Education Bill, inspired social programs like Girl Up, and helped her win several awards, including the latest Sakharov Prize, the European Union’s most prestigious award. Malala’s other honors this year include the International Children’s Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award, and the Simone de Beauvoir Prize.
WHAT: “You can shoot me, but
listen to me first. I want education
for your sons and daughters.
Now I have spoken, so do whatever
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