Malala Yousafzai: Next Move


By: M.Saeed Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai was in chemistry class when a teacher informed her she had won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Perhaps as amazing as her historic win was the youngest ever laureate’s next move. Of that win she said, “It gives hope to many young children and many young people that their work is appreciated, and that what they are doing for the cause of education matters. Sometimes we think that we are children and that what we do will not have an impact. It shows that our work does have impact and it can bring about a great change”. While confident beyond her years in front of a crowd Yousafzai’s journey began a long way from the city of brotherly (and sisterly) love’s massive convention center. She was born in 1997 in Mingora, Swat( A beautiful District of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, Which was called Switzerland of Pakistan). As the Taliban took over the Yousafzais’ scenic home region, insisting it went against Islamic law for girls to go to school, Malala refused to give up on her thirst for knowledge and camaraderie. Instead she spoke out. She made speeches. She appeared in a documentary about the Taliban closing girls’ schools in Pakistan’s Swat Valley were she lived. She even explicitly detailed her experience and feelings about them in a blog for BBC. The blog was anonymous at first but gave a vivid voice to young girls’ struggle in Pakistan and elsewhere. While Malala was empowering people around the world, she emerged as a threat to the Taliban at home. Two years ago, she shot in the head and injured severely. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her Despite the juggling act. Malala says she would not change her lot. “The role I have right now it is not something that has been given to me by someone,” she said. “It is something I have chosen for myself.”
On 10 October 2014, Yousafzai was announced as the co-recipient of 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 age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. Yousafzai shared the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India. She is the second Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize, Abdus Salam being a 1979 Physics laureate, and the only Pakistani winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Awards and honours
Malala Yousafzai receiving the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in November 2013
Yousafzai’s portrait at the Nobel Peace Center
Yousafzai has been awarded the following national and international honours:
2011 International Children’s Peace Prize (nominee)
2011 National Youth Peace Prize
Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage, January 2012
Sitara-e-Shujaat, Pakistan’s third-highest civilian bravery award, October 2012
Foreign Policy magazine top 100 global thinker, November 2012
2012 Time magazine Person of the Year shortlist
Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, November 2012

Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action, December 2012
Top Name of 2012 in Annual Survey of Global English, January 2013
Simone de Beauvoir Prize, January 2013
Memminger Freiheitspreis 1525, March 2013 (conferred on 7 December 2013 in Oxford)
Doughty Street Advocacy award of Index on Censorship, March 2013
Fred and Anne Jarvis Award of the UK National Union of Teachers, March 2013
Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, Global Trailblazer, April 2013
One of Time ’s “100 Most Influential People In The World”, April 2013
Premi Internacional Catalunya Award of Catalonia, May 2013
Annual Award for Development of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), June 2013
International Campaigner of the Year, 2013 Observer Ethical Awards, June 2013
2012 Tipperary International Peace Award, Ireland Tipperary Peace Convention, August 2013
International Children’s Peace Prize, KidsRights, 2013
Portrait of Yousafzai by Jonathan Yeo displayed at National Portrait Gallery, London (2013)
Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International
2013 Clinton Global Citizen Awards from Clinton Foundation
Harvard Foundation’s Peter Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University
2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award – Reach All Women In War
2013 Reflections of Hope Award – Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought – awarded by the European Parliament
2013 honorary Master of Arts degree awarded by the University of Edinburgh[146]
2013 Pride of Britain (October)
2013 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year
2013 GG2 Hammer Award at GG2 Leadership Awards (November)
2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination
2014 Nominee for World Children’s Prize also known as Children’s Nobel Prize
2014 Skoll Global Treasure Award
2014 Honorary Doctor of Civil Law, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2014 Nobel Peace Prize, shared with Kailash Satyarthi
2014 Philadelphia Liberty Medal

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