(Malālah Yūsafzay, born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize. A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Prime Minister, are supporting a petition to nominate Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.
24.10.2012 [CANOE] - “I believe that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai will … also send a clear message from the international community to the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to other fundamentalist regimes and their sympathizers everywhere: The
18.10.2012 [Daily Beast] - It's been almost two weeks since Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old peace activist from Pakistan's Swat Valley, was shot in cold blood for daring to defy the Taliban's archaic beliefs. More than 200 people have been arrested in the case, and
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