2. She’s an advocate for educational opportunities for girls in Pakistan and throughout the world.
After this New York Times documentary in 2009, she became internationally-recognized as a leading voice for gender equality and educational opportunity.
3. On October 9, 2012, she was shot by the Taliban as she sat on a school bus.
An armed Taliban militant boarded the bus and shouted, “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all! She is propagating against the soldiers of Allah, the Taliban. She must be punished.”
She was shot in the head at point-blank range. The bullet travelled through her head and neck before lodging in her shoulder.
Malala was shot because she dares to go to school and believes all children should have that opportunity, regardless of gender.
5. On July 12, she spoke to the UN as they recognized “Malala Day.”
Here is some of what she said.
10. “We realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way… we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns.”
A Somali girl crosses a street on her way to school while soldiers of AMISOM’s Djiboutian contingent stand guard.
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