When she was still a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan by demanding that girls be allowed the right to education. Malala’s story is an inspiring tale of an exceptionally determined woman who has faced down brutal terrorists and thrived. Malala, meaning “grief-stricken” after Malalai of Maiwand, was born in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan in 1997. At the tender age of 11, Malala started a blog which highlighted the effects of the Taliban on Pakistan. Her honesty and integrity combined with her educated insights into the plague of the Taliban resulted in Malala becoming a well-known political figure.
When the Taliban entered Pakistan, the Yousafzai’s were forced to flee their home. Although danger was growing closer, Malala continued to educate the world on Pakistani life through her blog. She continually stressed the importance of education for women’s mobility. Without it, women were left with little options. As a result of her tireless campaigning for equal educational rights, in 2012 Miss. Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. The Pakistani Taliban said Malala was brainwashed and had become a “symbol of the infidels and obscenity.” After eight days in a coma, miraculously, Malala survived the vicious attack. Malala has become an international symbol of activism’s triumph over animosity.
At the tender age of 18, Malala is a dynamic leader – she has already inspired millions of people all over the world. Malala continued to campaign for free education for children worldwide, regardless of the danger she was in by the opposing Taliban. Malala’s catapult into fame has allowed young people to have a voice among world education leaders. The future is bright for Malala Yousafzai. Let’s have a look at her inspiring journey so far! Davitt Corporate Partners created the infographic below that looks at Malala’s life so far and the astounding accomplishments she has achieved.