Girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She received world-class awards at the age of 17. She received the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for the right to education for all girls. When the Taliban took over their hometown of Swat in 2008, the school they attended was burned down and the girls were ordered not to go to school. Yousafzai kept a diary of all events and opposed the Taliban terrorist regime. Her life was threatened in 2009 after the BBC published his diary in Urdu, and in 2012 he was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on a school bus.
Luckily, she survived the attack, but due to a “fatwa” (decision made by authorized Islamic authorities) against him, he was forced to flee to England and live in exile with his family. Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations about equal rights to education for girls around the world for the first time since the July 12 shooting, when she turned 16. In 2013, Time magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People Living”.