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Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is aPakistani school pupil and education activist. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where theTaliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for 22 girls. In the afternoon of Tuesday, 9 October 2012, Malala boarded her school bus in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. A gunman asked for Malala by name, then pointed a Colt 45 at her and fired three shots. One bullet hit the left side of Malala's forehead, traveled under her skin the length of her face and then into her shoulder.
On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father. The assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support for Yousafzai.
On 12 July 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education. Yousafzai is the recipient of the Sakharov Prize for 2013. In February 2014, she was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize and for the World Children's prize in Sweden. In April 2014 it was announced that Yousafzai will be granted an honorary degree by the University of King's College in Halifax on May 15, 2014.

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