Malala’s mother, Tor Pekai Yousafzai, cannot read or write. How has this impacted Malala’s life and her view of education for women?

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Malala's memoir indicates that her passion for education, and pursuit of women's right to education specifically, was influenced by both her mother and father. Malala expresses the insecurity her mother feels about her lack of education. Though she was never formally educated, Tor Pekai deeply values education, both because her...

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Malala's memoir indicates that her passion for education, and pursuit of women's right to education specifically, was influenced by both her mother and father. Malala expresses the insecurity her mother feels about her lack of education. Though she was never formally educated, Tor Pekai deeply values education, both because her husband is an educator and because she herself never had the ability to pursue academics. Malala's mother and father both encourage their daughter to speak out against the Taliban, though they did not foresee the true extent of the danger this would place Malala in.⁠

Malala's activism is the reason she was targeted and eventually shot by the Taliban. Inspired by the shared passion for education possessed by her mother and father, Malala did not give up on pursuing equal rights to education for women even after this near death experience. Malala was attacked by the Taliban in 2012, and in 2014, she became a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for the pursuit of every child's right to education.

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