Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 10.
At age 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient. The award was announced by Thorbjorn Jagland, the Nobel committee’s chairman, who said that Malala “has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances.”
Since the attack on her life in 2012, Malala has become a global emblem of her struggle, and has published a bestselling memoir.
In July 2014, she spoke with ABC News about her nomination:
“Last year, I said that I do not deserve it, and I still say that because I have started a campaign and it’s not over yet…[When] I see that I have done something and I have achieved this big goal which I always dreamed for, then I’ll think that OK, now I deserve it.”
She’s a force to be reckoned with for sure. Watch her leave Jon Stewart speechless during a powerful interview on The Daily Show.Whizzco