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Our young human rights champion of the week
Posted 3th April 2020
“Together we will be heard”
Malala Yousafzai is an amazing human. Her fight for the right to education, especially for girls and young women, has come at a huge personal price. When she was eleven, Malala found her voice by blogging about the Taliban who were taking over her village in Pakistan.
Under the rule of the Taliban, life in Pakistan had changed overnight. Television was banned for everyone, and girls were stopped from going to school. No girl could leave home without a male family member accompanying her. But despite these restrictions, Malala kept telling her story to journalists and the media through her blog. The Taliban noticed this and tried to silence her.
The Nobel Prize winner joined Ellen for premiere week to share her inspiring story and discuss her continuous fight for education.
In 2012, Malala’s life changed forever when the Taliban made an assassination attempt on her life. She and her friends were travelling on a bus together, returning from an exam, when they were ambushed and shot at. Malala was very badly injured and was taken to the United Kingdom for specialist treatment.
While she was in the UK, two significant things happened. Her life was saved and the world took notice of what she had been saying! Malala is now a global activist and rights champion for the education of women and girls all around the world.