Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai, born in 1997, is a Pakistani activist known for fighting for education rights for girls under the Taliban regime. She was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize for her cause of education. On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala in her head and neck in an assassination attempt. Pakistan authorities subsequently offered an US$100,000 bounty on capture of the attacker. She remains in critical condition. 

Peace prize an inspiring choice

Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi (left) and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

The Norwegian Nobel committee is often criticised for putting politics and celebrity ahead of causes in its annual selection of its peace prize receipient.

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014, 3:33pm

Malala of Pakistan, Satyarthi of India win Nobel Peace Prize

Malala of Pakistan, Satyarthi of India win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights.

11 Oct 2014 - 4:33am 6 comments

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai receives EU Sakharov rights prize

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech after receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was handed the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on Wednesday in recognition of her crusade for the right of all children, girls and boys, to an education.

20 Nov 2013 - 8:22pm

Malala Yousafzai all smiles as she meets Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II meets Malala Yousafzai during a reception at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain, on Friday. Photo: EPA

Malala Yousafzai was reduced to fits of laughter on Friday by Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip as she met the royal couple at Buckingham Palace.

The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ rights to an education, met Queen Elizabeth at a reception for youth, education and the Commonwealth.

18 Oct 2013 - 9:09pm

Friends disappointed and Taliban delighted Malala did not win Nobel

The 16-year-old had been hotly tipped to win the Nobel after courageously fighting back from a Taliban attempt on her life to lead a high-profile international campaign for the right of all children to go to school.

The 16-year-old had been hotly tipped to win the Nobel after courageously fighting back from a Taliban attempt on her life to lead a high-profile international campaign for the right of all children to go to school.

12 Oct 2013 - 3:59am

Taliban threat after teenage activist Malala Yousafzai wins Sakharov prize

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, the teenage activist nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, won the EU's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize, drawing a fresh threat of murder by the Taliban.

11 Oct 2013 - 8:54am 3 comments

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov rights prize

Malala Yousafzai. Photo: AFP

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan’s teenage activist, on Thursday was awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

“Today, we decided to let the world know that our hope for a better future stands in young people like Malala Yousafzai,” said the chairman of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP).

10 Oct 2013 - 5:53pm

World cheers Malala Yousafzai, but Pakistanis ambivalent

A copy of the memoirs of Pakistani child activist Malala Yousafzai is pictured in a bookstore in Islamabad on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

One year after a Taliban bullet tried to silence Malala Yousafzai’s demand for girls’ education, she has published a book and is a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. But the militants threaten to kill her should she dare return home to Pakistan, and the principal at her old school says that as Malala’s fame has grown, so has fear in her classrooms.

9 Oct 2013 - 8:32pm 1 comment

Prayers in secret for Malala's Nobel prize

Girls at school in Mingora, capital of Swat Valley. Malala Yousafzai was shot for championing education for girls. Photo: AFP

In Malala Yousafzai's home town in Pakistan, school friends hope to see her win the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday - but they dream in secret, under pressure from a society deeply ambivalent about the teenage activist.

8 Oct 2013 - 3:32am

Malala Yousafzai eyes politics to ‘change the future’ of Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai hopes to become a politician. Photo: Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girls’ education, said on Monday she hoped to become a politician to “change the future of my country”.

7 Oct 2013 - 5:12pm

Congo doctor, Malala tipped for Nobel peace prize

Harvard honoured Malala Yousafzai last week. Photo: AP

With this year's Nobel prize season opening next week, there is strong speculation the peace prize could go to Pakistani girls' education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege or rights activists from Russia or Belarus.

5 Oct 2013 - 2:39am

No challenge too daunting for two young women, miles apart

Malala Yousafzai. Photo: Reuters

Good news is hard to come by, and when an extraordinary feel-good story comes our way, it inspires us to be better individuals and jolts society to see opportunities for change. In the span of one week, we had two remarkable and empowering stories. And we have two young women to thank.

22 Jul 2013 - 1:33am

Senior Pakistani Taliban leader 'shocked' by Malala attack

Malala Yousafzai with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua

A prominent Pakistani Taliban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl shot in the head by the group, expressing regrets that he didn’t warn her before the assassination attempt that propelled her activism to the international stage.

19 Jul 2013 - 1:23am

Malala takes campaign for girls' education to the UN

Malala Yousafzai gives her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: Reuters

Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai told the United Nations yesterday that she would not be silenced by terrorists, in her first public speech since being shot by the Taliban. "They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed," Malala said on her 16th birthday in a presentation that was quickly hailed for its power.

13 Jul 2013 - 2:00am

Malala Yousafzai defies Taliban to take world stage

Malala Yousafzai (left) chats to schoolfriend Shazia Ramzan after being reunited at Birmingham airport, central England, on June 29. Photo: EPA

Malala Yousafzai will address the United Nations on Friday, nine months after a Taliban gunman put a bullet in her head believing he was ending the Pakistani teenager’s campaign for girls’ education.

The young woman will mark her 16th birthday with her first public speech since making a near miraculous recovery from the attack on a school bus near her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

12 Jul 2013 - 2:44pm 1 comment