Can one bullet silence what you firmly believe in?
Not Malala Yousafzai.
This teenage girl from Pakistan captured the world’s attention as an advocate for girls’ and women’s education. Doing so, though, was not an easy road for her.
Because of her advocacy for women’s education she was shot on her left forehead by the Taliban in October 2012.
She was barely 15 at the time, and she was living in the Taliban-controlled village in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Talibans are against women getting an education.
Risky though it was, Malala anonymously blogged for BBC about her life as a girl under the Taliban. Soon enough, her real identity was revealed, and the Talibans began to threaten her.
The unstoppable girl would not budge. Members of the Taliban shot her on the left side of her head. Miraculously, she did not die. She had to undergo numerous facial surgeries before her life went back to normal. She studied in UK, where she continued her fight against the Taliban and her advocacy for women’s education.
Two years later, in 2014, Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize. Winning the prize makes the young girl an inspiration to countless girls around the world.
Watch this video of Malala’s advocacy.