2009 Becoming an Education Activist

Malala shared her father’s passion for learning and loved going to school. In 2009, as the Taliban’s military hold on Swat intensified, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym, about fears that her school would be attacked and the increasing military activity in Swat. Television and music were banned, women were prevented from going shopping and then Ziauddin was told that his school had to close.

Malala and her father received death threats but continued to speak out for the right to education. Around this time, Malala was featured in a documentary made for The New York Times and was revealed as the author of the BBC blog.

2011 Awarded Pakistan's First National Youth Peace Prize

In 2011, she received Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children's Peace Prize. In response to her rising popularity and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her.

Nobel Peace Prize

Malala was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2014 with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. Malala says she accepted the prize on behalf of the world's children and she will continue to work for education until every child can go to school.

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Malala Day 2015

Malala marked her 18th birthday in Lebanon, opening the Malala Fund’s “Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School” near the Syrian border, which will provide quality secondary education to more than 200 Syrian girls living in informal camps and out of school in the Bekaa Valley region.

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