When Malala Yousafzai was fifteen, she famously survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for her activism on girls’ education. At seventeen, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Which brings us up to this week with more good news in store as she starts prestigious Oxford University as a freshman.
Malala remarked on the occasion yesterday in a tweet: “5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.”
“I want to serve the people and I want every girl, every child, to be educated,” Ms. Yousafzai remarked a year after recovering from the shooting. She went on to co-fund the Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin, and authored the best-selling book I Am Malala (which has been translated into over 40 languages). He Named Me Malala is a recent documentary available for streaming, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.