The much talked about, Malala Yousafzai was honored on 10th of October, 2014 by being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against suppression of children and them being denied of their right to education.
Malala belongs to the Northern region of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa. She came to prominence when her letters to the international media came into worlds notice. She had raised her voice against Taliban of the region and their extremism against education.
Later in 2012 Malala, 17, shot in the head by Taliban aggressors as a punishment for her blogs against the pseudo Islamic system established by Taliban. Malala miraculously survived the attempted target killing.
This gave her movement a rather positive boost and her image as a child activist and a true fighter was enhanced in the international arena. She now became the center of attention for both local and international media.
“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are doing is wrong, that education is our basic right,” says Malala on her website. She is now renowned for her unshaken resolve and determination. She even wrote the bestselling book, “I am Malala : The Girl Who stood Up For Education And Was Shot By Taliban” and also started a non-profit organization, The Malala Fund, to support education and help girls go to school.
This young child has emerged as a hope for millions of others who in one way or another seem to be distant from education. There is still 60% of the present population, which is under 25 years of age, and for a peaceful future it is imperative that they have access to education and are respected as a significant part of the society.