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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Young Pakistan Woman Earns Nobel Peace Prize -- Read Her Amazing Story!

Malala Yousafzai at just 17 years old is the youngest winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The young Pakistan woman appears wise beyond her years as she publicly expresses her appreciation and honor at being "the first young woman or the first young person to receive this award.” But it's not just her young age that is so amazing. It is her story of survival and strength.

Malala's story

At the age of 11, Malala started writing blogs for the BBC under a pen name. She used the blogs to speak out about what life was like under the Taliban. She included such entries as "When the Taliban came to Swat (what she affectionately called her home town), they banned women from going to the market and they banned shopping." But the area in which Malala particularly focused was education for women. The Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools.

After winning Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, Malala became a target for the Taliban. In 2012 when Malala was just 14 years old, the Taliban found her on the bus riding to school and shot her in the head. They tried to assassinate her because of her outspokenness against the Taliban. But Malala survived. Not only did she survive, the incident only gave her more strength and determination.

Malala's remarkable strength

After a full recovery, on her 16th birthday, Malala addressed the United Nations and in a powerful voice stated, "Here I stand, one woman among many." She remains strong in her determination to help millions of girls being denied a formal education. Malala continues her cause and will not be stopped, becoming not only a powerful voice but a role model for other women.

To learn more about Malala Yousafzai, visit www.malala.org/


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