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'We can create a world where all girls can learn and lead.'
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Malala Yousafzai is known around the world for her dedication to equal opportunities and education for everyone, especially women. Her life experiences and strong unwavering stance has seen her become an international name and icon.
When the Taliban took control of Malala's town and demanded girls no longer go to school, she spoke out publically on behalf of girls and their right to learn. This immediently made her a target and in October 2012 she was shot in the head by a masked gunman on her way home from school. Waking up 10 days later in England, Malala learned that people around the globe were praying for her recovery.
In 2014, after months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Malala was able to joing her family in the U.K. She then had to make a decision - would she stay quiet and make the most out of the life she was lucky to have or fight with a new strength of determination so that every girl could have an education.
Malala has published two books, 'I am Malala' and 'We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around The World'.
With her father by her side, Malala set up the Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve any future she desires. In recognition of their work, Malala received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest ever Nobel laureate.
Malala now studies Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. She continues to fight everyday to ensure girls receive twelve years of safe, free and quality education. Malala travels across the world to meet girls fighting poverty, wars, child marriage and gender discrimination to go to school.