Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. In October 2012 Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.
In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was shortlisted for Time magazine’s Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards.
Malala continues to champion universal access to education through The Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led education programs and supporting education advocates around the world.