Biography of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan to a Pashtun, Sunni Muslim family. Malala is best known for being an activist in favor of girls' education, inspired by her father, who founded the school that she attended throughout her youth. She gained fame through her radio, television interviews, and blogs about her experience living under the Taliban in northeast Pakistan, but was truly catapulted into the international eye when she was shot by the Taliban in October 2012.

Following her shooting, Malala was taken to a hospital in Birmingham, U.K. to be treated. After a few weeks her family joined her and they have not returned to Pakistan since, settling in Birmingham. There, Malala and her two brothers—Kushal, two years younger, and Atal, seven years younger—attended school.

Malala has made many public appearances since her shooting, at Harvard University, Buckingham Palace, the Girl Summit in London, and the United Nations. She spoke at the UN calling for worldwide access to education on the day of her 16th birthday, which subsequently became known as Malala Day. She was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest nobel laureate in history at 17 years old.

She published her memoir, I Am Malala, in October 2013, and was featured in a documentary called He Named Me Malala released in 2015, directed by Davis Guggenheim and telling the story of her shooting and its aftermath. In July 2015, she opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon, funded by the Malala Fund.


Study Guides on Works by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani, born on July 12, 1997. She always liked education, which wasn't something the Taliban liked at her time. The Taliban forbade girls from education, but Malala advocated for girls' education rights. This led to the...