On the 10th of October 2014, a young woman by the name of Malala Yousafzai made history by becoming the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Her efforts to stop terrorism in Pakistan started a long time before this, in 2009 she wrote for the BBC Urdu blog after the Taliban closed all girl schools in Pakistan. After her name was revealed, there was an assassination attempt made on her, which she survived.
After Yousafzai got out of hospital she continued her fight for education in Pakistan and became known globally not only for this, but also for her non-violent approach to her activism. The 12th Of July, Yousafzai’s Birthday has been named Malala day and this was her response, ‘Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who has raised their voice for their rights. Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.’
Winning a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 and joining the ranks of Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, Malala Yousafzai is the 16thfemale to receive a solo Nobel Peace Prize.
Whenever I hear stories like Malala’s one it makes all my ‘problems’ seem insignificant, if Malala Yousafzai can overcome all that she has had to deal with in her life and make a notable contribution to society at 17 years old, it just goes to show how much an individual can achieve if they put their mind to it.