Malala Yousafzaii

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. 

  • Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai was 15 when the Pakistani Taliban shot her in the head over her campaign for girls’ education
  • She is visiting her native country to meet flood victims and ‘reinforce the need for critical humanitarian aid’

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan apparently for defying a ban on girls' education has made a good recovery and returned to school on Tuesday - this time in the safer environment of a girls' school in Birmingham, England. 

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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the central English city of Birmingham said the 15 year old has been making "a good recovery" following surgery last weekend to fix a titanium plate to cover a missing piece of her skull.

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A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban could make a “good recovery”, doctors treating her in a British hospital said on Tuesday.