Malala Yousafzai was born on 12 July 1997, in a valley in northwestern Pakistan. She lived with her parents, two younger brothers and two pet chickens. Her parents owned a chain of private schools and Malala was educated by her father, an educational activist.
In 2009, when Malala was 12 years old, she agreed to write a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC describing her life under the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement that was trying to take control of the valley (the Taliban are condemned for their brutal treatment of women). Malala and other girls were at times banned from attending school. She became increasingly outspoken and prominent in her views of girls’ right to education. Meanwhile, members of the Taliban began destroying schools in her area.
A journalist made a documentary about Malala in her home, and following several interviews, she began to gain international recognition and awards for her advocacy. She and her father began to receive death threats, but this did not stop them from continuing to advocate for education for girls.
In October 2012, a Taliban gunman, on the orders from Taliban leaders, boarded her school bus and fired at Malala three times. One bullet entered her head. She was rushed to the hospital and operated on to remove the bullet. She was then taken to a hospital in Germany and thereafter, to a hospital in the UK for rehabilitation.
The assassination attempt sparked a world-wide outpouring of support for Malala. It galvanized a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015; it helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first Right to Education Bill.
Malala recovered fully from the wound, and continued her work in advocating for education for girls and children in poverty around the world. In 2014, Malala shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Yousafzai was 17 years old at the time, becoming the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
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The Mighty dolls are all hand-painted OOAK (one-of-a-kind) prototypes and will not be reproduced by Wendy Tsao.
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