Women's History Month - March 13th
Malala Yousafzai was first known under the pseudonym Gul Makai when in 2009, she, with the help of a BBC radio correspondent, wrote a blog about life for Pakistani females under Taliban rule for the BBC Urdu website. Malala became better known when she starred in the documentary Class Dismissed in Swat Valley, detailing her last days of school before the Taliban ban on girls’ schools. After the Pakistani army intervened, many of the laws enforced by the Taliban were lifted, including the school ban, but the Taliban influence never left. Death threats were later issued against Malala, and on October 9, 2012, she was shot in the head and neck at the age of 15. Malala Yousafzai was given “a second life” when she managed to recover from her critical condition and international outrage gave fire to her cause, sparking the I am Malala movement, which later became the title of her 2013 memoir. Today, Malala is an international activist for children’s education and women, giving talks to policy makers and audiences across the globe. Malala has received many honors for her activist work, including nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and 2014. Though she is still considered a threat to the Taliban, Malala will never be silenced again.