Malala Yousafzai and the Misrepresentation of Muslim Women in the West: Part 1

On October 9th 2012, while travelling on her school bus, 14 year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. Malala had gained fame in the years preceding this for writing about her experiences living in Taliban-occupied Swat Valley in Pakistan for the BBC’s Urdu news website in 2009. She also spoke out against the Taliban for preventing girls from going to school, which earned her Pakistan’s first ever National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, and after she had recovered from the shooting, in 2014 she became the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala continues to campaign globally for the education of women and girls around the world, all while still attending school herself in Birmingham, England.

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