Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan for the first time

Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time after the Taliban shooting. The vocal advocate of female education now aged 20 was shot in the head by a gunman for campaigning for female education in 2012.

She will hold meetings with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. According to media reports the trip will last four days. Malala also arrived with officials from her Malala Fund group.

Taliban Shooting

When she was 11, Ms Yousafzai started writing an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about her life under Taliban rule. This was amid militant suppression in Pakistan. This resulted in an attack on her while on a school bus. She was 15 at the time.

The teenager sustained life-threatening injuries in the attack, and had to have part of her skull removed to relieve swelling on her brain.After receiving emergency treatment at a military hospital in Pakistan, she flew to the UK to recover in Birmingham, where her family continue to live.

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Malala Fund

Since her recovery, Ms Yousafzai has continued to speak up for children’s education and rights around the world. She set up the Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin, with the goal of “working for a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear”

In 2014 she became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded it for their efforts for children’s rights. She has continued campaigning while pursuing her studies, and last year earned a place at Oxford University.

 

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