Malala is a 16 year old girl, born and brought up in the patriarchal society of Swat in northern Pakistan, which is run by the Taliban. Malala originally stated blogging about the life under the oppressive Taliban for BBC under an alias, but then went public with her campaign for equal education opportunities for boys and girls.
This was a very controversial topic in a society where women were banned from being educated and were expected to run a family. She risked death for her opinions, and as a result was shot in the head in October 2012. She was sent to Britain for extensive surgeries, and now resides there with her family. She is in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize later this month, which has prompted the Taliban to issue a public threat against her, saying if given the chance they will kill her for her tyranny against Islam. Malala now aspires to become a politician and attain equal rights for boys and girls in Pakistan, and hope to make education mandatory for all children despite gender.
Malala is a leader. She didn’t do what she did to become famous, or gain money. She actually started everything because she wanted to educate herself despite what society said she could do or not. She wanted to improve herself to reach her full potential. This displayed to the world her vast courage and ability. She could be poor and have nothing, yet she is happy because she is getting educated and has spread her message on the importance of education to the world. In other words, her success isn’t measured by how much money she has attained or even her fame, but by how she has self-improved and grown. She has developed into such a courageous face for global equal right movements and is in line to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Without even meaning to, a girl who once sought out education to reach her full potential has become the face of Global equal rights movements and is now in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize.