Full Name: Malala Yousafzai
Profession: Human Rights Activist
Why Famous: Famous for her human rights advocacy for the education of women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.
On the 9th October 2012, as she tried to board her school bus, she was stopped, asked for by name and shot three times, including once to the face. The assassination attempt, blamed on the Taliban sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai.
Despite the attack and continued death threats from the Taliban she has continued to advocate for worldwide access to education especially for young girls and women.
In 2014 she became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient.
- 2012-10-09 Women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan
- 2013-07-12 Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations and calls for worldwide access to education
- 2013-10-21 The Parliament of Canada confers Honorary Canadian citizenship on women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai
- 2014-10-10 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize