Be inspired by the courage, the passion, and the power of one. Malala Yousafzai shares her story of fighting for her right to an education – and nearly being killed because of it. Written in first person, Malala forms an immediate connection with the reader as she describes herself as “a girl like any other.” Her favorite color is pink, she fights with her brothers, watches TV, plays cricket, and loves going to school.
All of that changed with the arrival of the Taliban – banning television, women from public place, and education for girls. Malala’s outspoken response caused her to become a target of the Taliban, and in 2012 she was shot. Surviving, and being more determined than ever to fight for education rights, Malala became the voice for many.
2013 On her 16th birthday, Malala spoke at the United Nations (UN) to call for worldwide access to education. The UN declared the event “Malala Day” which is now celebrated every year on her birthday – July 12.
Malala and her father, Ziauddin, started the Malala Fund with the goal of helping all girls get 12 years of a safe, quality education. #YesAllGirls
2014 At the age of 17 she received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest person to ever receive that award. Watch her speech.
2015 Malala celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a girls’ school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
2016 Malala spent her 19th birthday visiting girls living in refugee camps in East Africa.
- Learn more about the issue of girls’ education by watching the film, He Named Me Malala. Watch the trailer.
- Make a donation or start a fundraiser to support the Malala Fund.
- #PassTheBag – Schoola sends you an empty bag to fill with gently used kids’ and women’s clothing.
They sell the items in their online store and donate 40% of the proceeds to the Malala Fund. It’s easy and it’s free!