Malala was a very inspiring woman. She was born in Pakistan, in 1997. When a girl was born in Pakistan, it’s a disappointment to her family. When people saw her as an infant, they would say, “Oh. It’s a girl.” And that’s what people said. But Malala’s father always believed in her. He wanted her to have the best education possible.
Malala had a peaceful childhood. Many Pakistani girls would not go to school at all, but since Malala’s father ran many schools, Malala attended an all-girls school. Malala is part of the Islamic faith. She has two younger brothers, and her mom, and her dad. But then suddenly, everything changed. Malala could not go out of the house. She couldn’t attend school. But her father was faithful in her education.
This happened because the Taliban had invaded Pakistan. They enforced strict rules, such as no girls were to attend school, and women and girls were not allowed out of the house. If they needed to go out of the house, they must be accompanied by a related male, and be wearing a burqa, which is what very conservative Muslim women wear to cover their faces. A group of people who called themselves the BBC, a now well-known newsgroup, invited Malala to blog with them about what was happening, and Malala agreed. She became well-known as she spoke and blogged to her country. Slowly, Pakistan regained control and the Taliban's rules were stretched. She had freedom once again.
Malala went back to school immediately. She was getting on the bus to go home when a man came onto the vehicle. “Who is Malala?” he asked. Malala stood up, and he shot her in the face, along with a few of her friends. He thought they were dead and left the rest of the group. But Malala survived! She made a recovery in England and is about 21 years old now. She won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for helping her district of Pakistan. Two Aprils ago, she was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace.
I think it’s important to know about who Malala is because she is incredibly brave, and she is a great inspiration to women and girls everywhere. Since her recovery, she’s published the book I Am Malala, and she’s started the Malala Fund, which raises money for free girls education around the world.
Story by Flannery Plaehn