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Malala Yousafzai

Malala in 2017 Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist who from an early age spoke out publicly against the activities of the Taliban as they tried to suppress girls’ education in her homeland. She survived an assassination attempt at the age of 15, and has since received numerous prizes and accolades for her work promoting the rights of girls and women all over the world. On 10th October 2014, it was announced that Malala had been awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children's rights activist from India.



A view of Saidu Sharif, capital of Swat. It lies about 2 km (1.2 miles) away from Mingora, Malala's birthplace.

The Swat Valley

Malala Yousafzai was born on 12th July 1997 in Mingora, the largest city in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. For the first few years of Malala’s life, the spectacularly beautiful Swat Valley was a popular tourist destination. However, this all changed as the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), an extremist Islamic group allied to the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan, began to gain influence in the area. 

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel Prize.

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