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Yousafzai, Malala

Born on July 12, 1997, to Tor Pekai and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Yousafzai—widely known as Malala—is a Pakistani activist and the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This entry offers a brief overview of Malala’s life, the attack she suffered under the Taliban, her profile in the Western media, and her ongoing influence and activism.

Background

Formal education was a consistent and valued part of Malala’s childhood. Malala’s father, Ziauddin, ran a school for children in the community and was a strong advocate of girls’ education, often encouraging his daughter’s intellectual gifts. With the support of her family, Malala began her work as an activist in 2008 after Taliban forces invaded her community and began restricting girls and women from going to school ...

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