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Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel Prize laureate for her activism regarding the rights of all children to have access to education. She is twenty years old and was born and grew up in the Swat region of Pakistan. In 2009, at eleven years old, Malala began blogging for the BBC...

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Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel Prize laureate for her activism regarding the rights of all children to have access to education. She is twenty years old and was born and grew up in the Swat region of Pakistan. In 2009, at eleven years old, Malala began blogging for the BBC about life in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. In January of 2009, the Taliban declared that girls would no longer be allowed to attend school; this ban was later lifted. Malala went on to appear in a New York Times documentary and was interviewed by multiple local and international news sources. She publicly advocated for female education. In 2011, Malala was the first Pakistani girl nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Later that same year, Malala won Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize. As her public profile increased, she received death threats, and by 2012, the Taliban had decided to kill her. On October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on a bus on her way home after taking an exam. Malala was airlifted to Peshawar, where she received multiple surgeries, and a few days later, she was flown to Germany to receive the best medical care possible. The attempted murder received worldwide media coverage and outrage. Since her recovery, Malala has continued to work as an advocate for education, women's rights, and children's rights around the world. She has also published multiple books about her story, including a couple children's books.

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