Essay on Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. Mingora is the largest city in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Malala’s father was a teacher and enthusiast for education who managed a school for girls in their area. Malala once attended the school of her father. However, by the time she was 10 years old, Taliban fanatics had taken control of the Swat Valley, and a number of her favourite activities were prohibited. Girls’ schools were forbidden. Televising was forbidden. The prohibition of music and dance. The Taliban deliberately targeted the education of girls, and by the end of 2008, they had demolished more than 400 schools. Malala decided to oppose the Taliban when she was eleven years old.
In the beginning of 2009, Malala began blogging for BBC. She discussed her desire to attend school and her life under Taliban authority. In her hometown, she wrote about the battle. Her worst nightmares became a reality. Rising tensions between Pakistan and the Taliban soon compelled Malala and her family to leave their house. Malala’s struggle for the right to attend school continued despite this. She advocated for the education of females in the media during the subsequent years. She advocated in public for the right of Pakistani girls to a free, high-quality education. She won Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in 2011. This, however, made her a Taliban target.
In October of 2012, Malala, then fifteen years old, was returning home from school on the bus with her classmates. Two Taliban men stopped the bus and demanded to know who Malala was. As soon as Malala was recognised, she was shot in the head. In England, she was brought to a hospital. Malala awoke after 10 days in a coma. Malala was allowed to return to her family in England after undergoing months of medical care. Malala began attending school in Birmingham in March 2013. Despite the fact that she could now attend school in England, she chose to continue her fight “until every girl could attend school.” Malala addressed the United Nations in New York on her sixteenth birthday. The following year, she wrote her autobiography, titled “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.” Due to her actions, the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Malala and her father founded the Malala Fund in 2014 to promote and advocate for women and girls abroad. Through her foundation, she met with Syrian refugees in Jordan, young women students in Kenya, and spoke out against the terrorist organisation Boko Haram in Nigeria, who abducted young girls to prevent them from attending school. Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in December of 2014. She became the youngest Nobel Prize recipient in history at the age of seventeen. Malala has continued to work for women’s and girls’ rights since then. The Malala Fund promotes quality education for all girls through financing worldwide education programmes, partnering with global leaders and local champions, and empowering young women. Malala graduated from Oxford University in the year 2020.