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Malala Yousafzai

2022 Speaker

MALALA YOUSAFZAI, inspired by her father’s activism, began her campaign for girls’ education at age 11 with her anonymous blog for the BBC, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, about life under the Taliban. She soon began advocating publicly for girls’ education. She would join her father on his visits to neighboring villages to recruit for the school. Their crusade was the subject of a New York Times short documentary in 2009. Yousafzai began attracting international media attention and awards. Due to her increased prominence, at age 15, she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out. Yousafzai recovered in the United Kingdom and has continued her fight for girls ever since. In 2013, she founded Malala Fund with her father. A year later, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to see every girl complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Since then, the UN recognized July 12 as Malala Day in honor of young activists, and she recently completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, with a focus on philosophy, politics, and economics. Yousafzai is the author of three books, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala’s Magic Pencil, and We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World. In 2021, Yousafzai started a partnership with Apple to create programming for Apple TV+ spanning “dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, and children’s series, and draw on her ability to inspire people around the world.”.