Malala Yousafzai


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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for the education of women and children, is 2020’s last #MuseoftheMonth.

Under Taliban control, girls in Pakistan were banned from going to school and Yousafzai was no exception. Frustrated, she began to speak out and advocate the right for female education. This made her a target. The Taliban issued a death threat against Yousafzai, leading to a shooting attack that had her remove a part of her skull. 

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai gives a speech during the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2014.

Despite the life-threatening incident, Yousafzai had no intention to lower her voice. In recognition of her actions, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17. Her ‘Malala Fund’ works to build schools and raise awareness for the 130 million girls who are out of school today.

“The extremists were, and they are, afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women … Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.”

Malala visiting with students at the Omar Bin Al Khattab Pakistani school in Ajman, UAE @MalalaFund

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