Malala Yousafzai was born July 12th, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. Malala's father named Malala after Pakistani folk hero Malalai of Maiwand because she was one of the few Pakistani woman who had been granted her own identity
Malala grew up with two brothers and her father, Ziauddin Yousafazai and her mother, Tor Pekai Yousafzai. Malala's father always had a passion for education. He started a school as well as openly spoke out against the Taliban's opposition to the education rights of girls. Malala's mother went to school to learn how to read and write once Malala's family moved the Europe
On October 9th, 2012 Malala, as well as other girls on her bus, were shot by the Taliban for going to get an education.
Malala and her family moved to Birmingham, England for safety after Malala got shot. Malala attended school, played her favorite sport Cricket, and continued to speak up and fight for education rights for girls.
On July 12, 2013, Malala turned 16 and also gave a speech to the United Nations. This speech was given only 9 months after being shot by the Taliban. July 12th is now recognized as Malala Day. This was not the beginning nor the end to Malala's journey of fighting against inequality in education.
Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her efforts to provide education to all girls around the world. Malala currently has The Malala Fund, raising money to help provide an education for these girls. Her organization has provided a lot including building a school in Kenya for the people of Maasai Mara.