In honour of this year’s upcoming, WWIL will be highlighting the accomplishments and attributes of some influential women in history.
Malala Yousafzai is known worldwide for her efforts in guaranteeing the right to education for females around the world. Growing up in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, which became a Taliban controlled region, meant that at times, she was barred from attending school.
Her activism career largely began with her blog for the BBC Urdu, written under a pseudonym, which chronicled her life under Taliban occupation in the Swat Valley. In October of 2012, while returning home after writing an exam, Yousafzai was shot by a Taliban gunman in a failed assassination attempt, retaliating for her defiance against the ban on females attending school that was in place at the time.
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with Kailash Satyarthi, Yousafzai is recognized as the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and is currently pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.