October 12, 2013

Malala Yousafzai Quotes: Heartwarming,Thoughtful and Inspirational. Updated: She Has Just Won The Nobel Prize For Peace! Now Celebrates 18th Birthday


Ever felt completely helpless and unable to make a difference? This young lady was shot through the head, made a miraculous recovery, and now  she is an inspiration to so many!
She is only 16 years old. 

Education is the answer to so many things, she says. Her story transcends politics.

Malala may have narrowly missed out on winning the Nobel Peace prize this year, but she will always be an inspiration to millions. 

Here are some of our favourite quotes.

Pictures and story with many thanks to Daily Life

Updates: Malala meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace: October19th.


‘I am Malala’ creates angry buzz in Pakistani private schools.

Malala Yousafzai to receive Anne Frank courage award
January 2014

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai is to receive an award for moral courage, it has been announced.

The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, will be honoured with the Anne Frank Award at a ceremony in London on Thursday.
Malala, who campaigns for girls' access to education, is studying for her A-levels and cannot attend the event.

Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, a UN adviser on education, will accept the award on her behalf.

It will be presented by the actress Naomie Harris, who recently starred as Winnie Mandela in the film "Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom".
  Co-founder and executive director of the Anne Frank Trust UK, Gillian Walnes said: "Malala is one of the most remarkable people we have encountered, both as a teenager and an educator, and is as inspirational a figure as Anne Frank."
Malala was seriously injured when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in north-western Pakistan.

She was targeted because of her campaign for girls' education.

The schoolgirl was treated in a Pakistani hospital before being transferred to the UK for surgery and rehabilitation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

She has since written a memoir about her experiences and was last year considered a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

An event in the Pakistani city of Peshawar to launch the book was on Tuesday cancelled because of security concerns. 

With thanks to The BBC


The story of Ann Frank.

      April 18th  Update:

A PORTRAIT of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls will be auctioned next month.

The oil painting by Jonathan Yeo shows Malala Yousafzai doing her homework.
It's being donated by the artist to benefit the Malala Fund, which campaigns for girls' education.

Christie's New York is offering the portrait on May 14, and it's expected to bring $US60,000 ($A64,200) to $US80,000.

It was painted months after the then-15-year-old Malala was shot as she travelled to school in 2012.

President Barack Obama called Malala the "bravest girl in the world".

She now lives in England.

Yeo is a portrait painter.

His works are in the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among others.
With thanks to The Australian


Picture credit: The Guardian

Related: Jonathan Yeo:Try Bonding With Baby After A Facelift 


She is a very worthy recipient! More so than many before her! And the youngest ever!
CHILDREN’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Yousafzai, now 17, is a schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago.

Satyarthi, 60, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the Nobel committee said.

The Nobel Committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”

The founder of the Nobel Prizes, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, said the prize committee should give the prize to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

The committee has interpreted those instructions differently over time, widening the concept of peace work to include efforts to improve human rights, fight poverty and clean up the environment.

With thanks to The Australian – October 10th.

Malala Yousafzai accepts Nobel Peace Prize for ‘voiceless’ children



MALALA Yousafzai celebrated her Nobel Peace Prize where she always wished to be: in school. 
The Pakistani girl once shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education just like the boys celebrated being the joint winner of the peace prize with her classmates at Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham, the city in central England that she now calls home.

The teenager had travelled to Birmingham for medical treatment after being targeted by the Taliban for her relentless objections to the group’s regressive interpretation of Islam that limits girls’ access to education. She was shot while returning home from school in Pakistan’s scenic Swat Valley two years ago, almost to the day.

“This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard,” she said at a press conference at Birmingham’s Library. “I speak for them and I stand up with them. And I join them in their campaign.”

She said it was an honour for her to share the prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India, 60, who has spent a lifetime working against child slavery and exploitation. She also invited the prime ministers of both India and Pakistan to attend the Nobel awards ceremony.

Malala’s case won worldwide recognition, and the teen, now 17, became a symbol for the struggle for women’s rights in Pakistan. In an indication of her reach, she spoke before the United Nations and made the shortlist for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2012.
But the journey was simply improbable.

On October 9, 2012, Malala climbed into the back of a small pick-up truck used to transport Swat Valley children home from school. They laughed and talked as the truck rumbled over roads lined with pot holes.

As they approached a narrow bridge over a garbage-strewn stream, a masked man with a gun suddenly stopped the truck. Another man with a pistol jumped into the back.
“Who is Malala?” he shouted.

The girls did not answer but heads automatically swivelled toward her. The man raised his pistol. One bullet hit Malala on the top of her head. Two other students were also hit, less seriously.

Malala was transferred to a military hospital near Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, as her head swelled dangerously. Her father, Ziauddin, was certain that his daughter would not survive the night. He sent a message to his brother-in-law in Swat to prepare a coffin.

Pakistani doctors removed a bullet that entered her head and travelled toward her spine before she was flown to Britain for more specialised brain trauma care. She woke up a week later at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.

She says she regained consciousness with one thought: “Thank God I’m not dead.”

Malala gradually regained her sight and her voice. She was reunited with her parents. Soon there were pictures, stuffed animals at her side. She sent messages to wellwishers.
Three months later she walked out of the hospital, smiling shyly as she cautiously strode down the corridor.

“She is quite well and happy on returning home — as we all are,” her father said at the time.
Pakistan made Malala’s father its education attache in Birmingham for at least three years, giving the family stability and Malala a safe place to go to school.

She went back to school as soon as she could, and confessed that math was her least favourite subject. She kept campaigning for the rights of children to go to school — meeting President Barack Obama, attending rights conferences, becoming the keynote speaker at corporate events in London. She began rubbing elbows with people who had the power and the money to help her realise her dreams.

All along, she delighted many by simply being young, determined and most of all, herself.
At a Vodafone conference celebrating women, she confided that she didn’t have a mobile phone. The crowd gasped, but chuckled at the notion of a teenager who admitted she had no need for a phone.

With British journalist Christina Lamb, she co-authored a memoir, “I am Malala,” which revealed to the world that she was, in fact, also a regular teenager. There’s a part of her that loves the TV show “Ugly Betty,” whose main character works at a fashion magazine. She likes pop star Justin Bieber, watches the television cooking show “Master Chef.”

And yesterday, the people who helped her on the journey — and those just touched by her story along the way — couldn’t help but be swept up by the magic of it all.

“Malala is an inspiration for the many women in Afghanistan and Pakistan who have been fighting for their rights and struggling against the misogynous policies of the Taliban and local warlords,” said David Cortright, co-author of “Afghan Women Speak” and a professor at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. “As we know, people learn best from personal stories. Malala’s story is a powerful antidote to extremist propaganda, and the Nobel Prize reinforces its impact.”

Doctors in Birmingham offered congratulations, noting her focus and dedication. And the people of the city that threw its arms out to welcome her simply nodded their heads: No surprise at this news. She’s liked here, well known. Malala has embraced the city, proudly describing herself as a “Brummie” like other locals.

“Sure, puts a bit of pride into it,” said John Mullan, 78, an aluminium worker and resident of Birmingham, said after the Nobel Prize news. “She’s just young girl who stood up to them. Many other people wouldn’t have done that.”

Malala remains determined to return to Pakistan one day and enter politics. In Birmingham on Friday, her growing polish was clear. She spoke from the heart in three languages, offering an almost uncanny combination of a teenager with a vision and a diplomat with a platform.

She did a need a box though, so that she could be seen over the podium. A small concession, but necessary to be heard.

She will split the peace prize’s $1.1 million cash award with co-winner Satyarthi. Malala said the joint prize gives a message that the people of both countries — and people who are Hindu and Muslim — can work together.

“We support each other,” she said.

Her parents and brothers came, too, and posed together for family photographs while the world’s media begged them to look their way. Her normally reticent mother, who has more than once hidden when cameras emerged, stood alongside, looking straight ahead. Beaming.
But what everyone wanted to know was: how did she learn the news? How did a 17-year-old who just received the world’s highest honour react after being pulled out of chemistry.

“I felt really honoured,” she said with a schoolgirl gush. There was probably some jumping up and down, but she didn’t mention that.

Then she turned around and rejoined the other girls. She was back in time for physics.

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