Speech Notes

Malala Yousafzai

  • Malala Yousafzai Urdu, Pashto born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
  • She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.
  • Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become “the most prominent citizen” of the country.
  • Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father’s thoughts and humanitarian work.
  • In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. She rose to prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu.
  • On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK.  The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world”.
  • Weeks after the attempted murder, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her.  Taliban officials responded to condemnation by further denouncing Yousafzai, indicating plans for a possible second assassination attempt which was justified as a religious obligation. Their statements resulted in further international condemnation.  Following her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based out of Birmingham, she founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization, and in 2013 co-authored I am Malala, an international bestseller.   In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize.   In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi. Aged 17 at the time, this made her the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.  In 2015, Yousafzai was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary He Named Me Malala. 2013, 2014 and 2015 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada.  Yousafzai attended Edgbaston High School from 2013 to 2017 and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
  • she was only 11 when she first wrote a blog for BBC news about what it was like to live in a country with the Taliban her father recommended her for the position after all other candidates refused due to safety risks
  • we get up everyday complaining about having to go to school and yet Malala gets up everyday fighting for the 57 million women around the world
  • How many of you get up every day and complain about having to go to school because I can tell you I have.  We get up everyday complaining about having to go to school and yet Malala gets up everyday fighting for the 57 million women around the world that don’t have an education
  • “one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world
  • you would think Malala would be angry at these Taliban that shot her and her friends but when on the Ellen Show Malala states
  • “the fact that she didn’t die on the spot or very soon afterward to my mind is nothing short of a miracle” dr Javid Kayani
  • the chance of being shot at point-blank range in the head and that happening
  • Oprah Winfrey Network she says “In order to go forward it is important to have love in your heart, and I want to have love in my heart, I don’t want to have any hate any bad feelings in my heart and that’s what makes me more happy.  I believe that whatever happened bad or good it’s really important to focus on the future and learn from your past but in order to go forward you have to focus on your future and if everyday for the last three years if I would have cried that why it was me, why it was me nothing would have been done but insted of saying that I said okay I even though I was shot but I’m not just the only girl who becomes victim of discrimination in society or being attacked in terrorism or getting the part of Education there are billions of girls and the best way to fight against terrorisum is to educate girls is to impower their mystery as their voices and in those last three years I made a trip to Jordan to speack out for Syrian refugees and to venture Lebanon in Nigeria and this is like the best event you can ever take.”

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