DREAMING OF A BETTER WORLD

17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been in a never ending battle for Pakistani women's rights to education, culminating in her being shot by the Taliban two years ago. After recovering from surgery she brought her fight to the global stage and it earned her a share of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. This is only the beginning.

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17-year-old Malala Yousafzai is no regular teenager. When she was pulled from her chemistry class in England and was informed that she was selected as a joint 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner she did not celebrate, she simply went back to class and continued to learn, something she is continually passionate about. It’s something many people take for granted, but as the world saw two years ago, it’s something that almost took her life. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan while campaigning for women’s rights to an education two years ago. She survived, recovered, and came back stronger than ever. Malala is truly an inspiration. Today, she is the first Pakistani woman in history to become a Nobel laureate, as well as the youngest ever. But more than anything Malala is a dreamer.

Kailash Satyarthi, 60, a human rights activist from India will be sharing the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Malala. Since 1980 he has been at the forefront of ending child slavery and the exploitative practices of child labor, which he calls a “blot on humanity.”

In her acceptance speech she credited her father for not “clipping her wings”. Malala goes on to talk about how often women in Pakistan have their life decided for them by their elders. Thanks to her father she was able to choose her own path, soaring to new heights, something that too few are given the opportunity to do. “This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard,” said Malala.

Congratulations, Malala.

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