Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Last year, she was the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Now, Malala Yousafzai is a winner.
Not that she wasn’t before.
With strength and advocacy that stretches well beyond her years, Yousafzai became known as an outspoken advocate for women’s education in Pakistan after being targeted by the Taliban and nearly died.
Today, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with India’s Kailash Satyarthi for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education.
Yousafzai wrote about those experiences in her recently released book, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. She also speaks about the injustices in her world at various venues.
This is her response to how she would react if she were attacked today. (@3:50)
The rest of the interview is available through the Daily Show’s website. In it, Malala discusses her hometown, Swat Valley, and how the Taliban affected her lifestyle once they occupied the area.
This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on the ThinkTank12 blog.
Deanna Glick has spent two decades as a writer and editor, covering education policy, adoption, and other issues of interest to children and families. Deanna has also worked and volunteered for youth-focused nonprofits, including Students Run LA and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A California native, Deanna loves to hike sections of the Appalachian Trail and spend time on the Shenandoah River near her Northern Virginia home. She often finds writing inspiration through her 8-year-old daughter, who loves to read, paint, play sports, and learn.