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Biography of Malala Yousafzai

A biography of a MALALA YOUSAFZAI who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban at the age of 15.

Born:12 July 1997, Mingora, Swat, Pakistan

Nationality: Pakistani

Citizenship: Pakistan and Canada (honorary)

Education: Lady Margarete hall oxford

Occupation: she is an activist for girl education in the world level, a former blogger for BBC Urdu and student.

Organisation: Malala fund

Famed for: prominent activist for the right to education and primarily for girls education.

Childhood of Malala Yousafzai

source: Malala childhood

Malala Yousafzai came to the earth of Pakistan on 12 July 1997 in the Swat district, Mingora. Yousafzai was born into a lower-middle-class family. Malala is the single daughter of Ziauddin Yousafzai and Pekai Yousafzai.

She has two younger brothers and their names are Kaushal and Atal. in Swat district of Pakistan, most of the people had 7 to 8 children in their family but Yousafzai’s family had 3 children that were fine for Malala’s parents.

Malala belongs to the Sunni Muslim.

The family didn’t have money to hospitalise Malala’s mother at the time of her birth and as a result, Yousafzai was born at home with the help of her neighbours.

The name Malala means “Grief-stricken” was given on the behalf of Malalai of Maiwand, a famous Pashtun poet and she was a warrior woman from southern Afghanistan.

In her early childhood, Malala Yousafzai mentor was her father and mostly educated by her father who is a poet and school owner and an educational activist himself.

Yousafzai has been fluent in Pashto, Urdu and English since her early age.

She desired to become a doctor, albeit later her father encouraged her to become a politician and allowed her to stay up at night and talk about politics after her brothers had been sent to bed.

Malala Yousafzai: Educational activist

source: as an education activist

In her early age, Malala inspired by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and she started speaking about education rights as early as September 2008,

when her father took her at the local press club in Peshawar to speak on children’s right to education.

In this speech, Malala Yousafzai asked her audience “how dare the Taliban to take away my basic right to education?” and later this speech covered by newspaper and television channels.

In 2009, when Malala was just 11 years old, she began blogging for the BBC about living under the threats of Taliban’s to deny her an education.

Yousafzai hid her identity when she was writing blogging for the BBC she used the name Gul Makai. However, Malala was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December 2009.

Malala Yousafzai was continuing to speak out about her right and rights of all women for education.

Her activism for girls education resulted in a nomination for the International Children’s Peace prize in 2011 and that same year she was also awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai and her family got information that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her because of her activism and the Taliban not allowed girls for education.

At that time she was frightened for the safety of her father who is also an anti-Taliban activist. She and her family initially thought that the fundamentalist group would not harm a child.

Gunshot by the Taliban

source: Malala in hospital

What will happen when 15-year-old was riding in a bus with friends on their way home from school and a masked gunman boarded and asked to know which girl was Yousafzai.

When her friends turned towards Yousafzai and the gunman found his target.

The gunman fired at her and the one bullet travelled 18 inches to her left eye, travelled through her neck and landed in her shoulder.

Two other girls were also wounded in this incident and later provided a narrated story to reporters.

The shooting by Taliban left Malala Yousafzai in critical condition, so she was shifted to a military hospital in Peshawar.

A part of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain and for further care, she was transferred to England in Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is one of the most famous hospitals to treat military personnel who were injured in conflicts.

All expenses were borne by the Pakistani government.

Once she was in the UK Malala Yousafzai was taken out of a medically induced coma.

Albeit she would require multiple surgeries which include repair of a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed left of her face.

She had no major brain damage and was able to begin attending school in March 2013 at Birmingham in London.

The shooting by the Taliban on her produced in a massive flow of support, which continued during her recovery. Still, the Taliban considers Malala a target, albeit she remains an activist for the girl’s education.

Malala speech at the United Nation

Nine-month after being shot by the Taliban, in the year 2013 on her 16th birthday she gave a speech at the United Nations.

Malala Yousafzai highlighted her aim on education and women’s rights and urging the world’s leader to change their policies and take action.

She said in UN that “the terrorists think that they can change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except weakness, fear and hopelessness died and strength, power and courage were born”.

Yousafzai’s Awards


She is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at just 17-year-old, she received the award along with Indian children’s rights activist Mr Kailash Satyarthi.

She was first nominated in 2013 for the Nobel Peace Prize but did not win and again she was renominated in March 2014 and won the world’s most prestigious award.

On that time former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “she is the pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud and her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled.

Girls and boys around the world should take the lead from her struggle and commitment”.

In April 2017 U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres appointed Yousafzai as a U.N Messenger of Peace to promote girls education and their rights.

She is also given honorary Canadian citizenship in April 2017 and became the 6th person and the youngest in the country to receive the honour.

Apart from this, she received lots of awards and honours some major awards and honours are as follow:-

  • National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.
  • Sitara-e-Shujaat Pakistan’s 3rd highest civilian bravery award in October 2012.
  • Person of the year shortlists for 2012 by Time Magazine.
  • She was awarded the Mother Teresa Awards for social justice in November 2012.
  • Vital voices Global Leadership Awards in April 2013.
  • Her name comes in Time’s “100 Most Powerful People in the World” in April 2013.
  • International Children’s Peace prize in 2013.
  • Honorary Doctor of Civil Law, University of King’s College in 2014.
  • Order of the smile in 2016.
  • The women of the united states women’s national soccer team each wore a jersey with the name of a woman they were honoured on the back, Carli Lloyds chose the name of Yousafzai in 2019.

Along with these awards and honour, she also received lot’s honours worldwide and fighting for the girl education and women rights.

Malala Fund


In the year 2013, Malala and her father launched the Malala fund that works to ensure girls around the world have access to 12 years of free, quality and safe education.

The Malala fund assistance to its Gulmakai Network

. On her 18th birthday, in July 2015, Malala Yousafzai continued to work on world education by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon. The whole expenses are borne by the Malala Fund.

Malala Day

12 July 2013 on her 16th birthday, she spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to the girl and child education and the UN dubbed the event “Malala Day”.

She wore shawls of Benazir Bhutto’s to the UN and it was her first public speech since the attack.

Malala Education

She was a student at the all-girls Edgbaston High School in Birmingham from March 2013 to July 2017. She received 6 A*S and 4 As at GCSE level in August 2015. At A level she studied Geography, Mathematics, History and Religious Studies.

She appeals to the London School of Economics and interviewed at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 2016 and received a conditional offer of three As in her A level in august 2017,

she was accepted to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Return to Pakistan after the Taliban’s attack

Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on March 29, 2018, for the first time since the attack by Taliban in 2012.

She met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaquan Abbasi and delivered an emotional speech at his office.

She also visited her former home in Mingora and military-run cadet college.

A book was written by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala- The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai was released in October 2013 and this book became an international bookseller.

Malala Magic Pencil: she published a children’s picture book about her life in October 2017. This book introduces her childhood in Pakistan through a well-known TV show where a young boy uses his magic pencil to help others.

We Are Displaced:-  This book published in 2018, My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the world explores Malala’s story as well as stories of other girl’s she met in her visiting too many refugee camps in Colombia, Guatemala, Syria and Yemen.

Documentary on Malala

A documentary about her life has released with the title of He Named Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim,

gave the audience an intimate look into the life of Yousafzai, her family and her aim to fight for girls education and women’s rights around the world.

Biopic on the life of Yousafzai

Gul Makai, a biopic on Nobel Peace Prize Winner Yousafzai is going to be released at the end of January 2020, and this film has been directed by HE Amjad khan and produced by Sanjay Singla.

10 Famous quotes of  Malala Yousafzai

  1. “One girl, one book, one pen and one teacher can change the world.”
  2. “Life isn’t only just about taking in oxygen and transmitting out carbon dioxide”.
  3. “The Taliban could snatch our pencils and books, but they are not able to stop our minds from thinking”.
  4. “When the whole planet is quiet, even one voice becomes more powerful.”
  5. “At night our fear is powerful … but in the morning, in the sunrise, we find our spirit again.”
  6. “If one person can ruin everything else, why can’t one girl change this world?”
  7. “Let us snatch our books and our pens, they are the most dominant weapons.”
  8. “With a weapon, you can kill terrorists, with the education you can destroy terrorism.”
  9. ” I told myself, Malala, you have already encountered death. This is your second day, don’t be worried if you are afraid, you can’t move forward”.
  10. “We can understand the value of voice-only we are silent.

I hope you will be inspired by Malala Yousafzai and educate people for girl’s education and women rights if she can do this so you can also do this. If you have any queries so you can comment us below we will solve all your queries instantly. Thank you so much.


I am Shivam Sharma, an Indian-based digital marketer and blogger for the last 5 year. I always love to share my deep-researched knowledge with people.

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