Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai
  • Born: July 12, 1997
  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • Profession: Activist For Female Education, Former Blogger For BBC Urdu Student









Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become "the most prominent citizen" of the country.

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Becoming a doctor, I can only help my village. By becoming a politician I can help my whole country. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I did not want to be silent because I had to live in that situation for ever. It would be better to speak and be killed Freedom & Liberty
It is better to speak up for your rights and then die… I am not afraid of death now. I have seen death…. My death would further the cause of education. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Terrorists are afraid of women being educated. Terrorism
The Taliban has not really studied Islam…They only know jihad and fighting… they are using the name of Islam for their purposes Terrorism
You can try and kill my body but you cannot kill my cause. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A doctor can only treat patients. A doctor can only help the people who are shot or who are injured. But a politician can stop people from injuries. A politician can take a step so that no person is scared tomorrow.
A talib fires three shots at point-blank range at three girls in a van and doesn't kill any of them. This seems an unlikely story.
All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
And also I didn't want my future to be just sitting in a room and be imprisoned in my four walls and just cooking and giving birth to children. I didn't want to see my life in that way. Life ;Future
Any talk of me engaging in a conspiracy against Pakistan is completely baseless.
At night when I used to sleep, I was thinking all the time that shall I put a knife under my pillow. Time
Benazir Bhutto was an inspirational leader and an inspirational woman.
Books can capture injustices in a way that stays with you and makes you want to do something about them. That's why they are so powerful.
Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone.
Dear sisters and brothers, we realize the importance of light when we see darkness.
Education is neither eastern nor western. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Even we schoolchildren know that ordinary diplomats don't drive around in unmarked cars carrying Glock pistols.
For my brothers it was easy to think about the future. They can be anything they want. But for me it was hard and for that reason I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Future
Girls are going to school again in Swat Valley. And that is great.
Honor your daughters. They are honorable. Women
I am a daughter. My father is an example for me.
I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women's rights; rather, I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves. Women
I believe in peace. I believe in mercy. War & Peace
I believe it's a woman's right to decide what she wants to wear and if a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can't she also wear everything?
I believe the gun has no power at all. Power
I cannot believe how much love people have shown me. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I distracted myself from the fear and terrorism by thinking about things like how the universe began and whether time travel is possible. Time ;Travel
I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there was a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him.
I don't cover my face because I want to show my identity.
I don't have a phone, but I do have an iPad.
I don't know what would I do in future; I'll decide it later. Future
I don't know why people have divided the whole world into two groups, west and east. Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it's the right of every human being. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.
I enjoy science, and I'm a very curious person. I always want to know the reason behind everything, big or small. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I fully support U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his Global Education First Initiative and the work of U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and the respectful president of the U.N. General Assembly Vuk Jeremic. I thank them for the leadership they continue to give. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Leaders & Leadership ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have already seen death, and I know that death is supporting me in my cause of education. Death does not want to kill me. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Death
I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela, and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world.
I haven't chosen any party yet because people choose parties when they get older. When it's time, I'll look, and if I can't find one to join, I'll make another party. Time
I hope that one day when I'll go back to Pakistan, I will build a university like Harvard. Hope
I know now that what countries do at summits has the power to help girls in Pakistan, Nigeria or Afghanistan. Power
I like writers who can show me worlds I know nothing about, but my favorites are those who create characters or worlds which feel realistic and familiar to me, or who can make me feel inspired.
I might be afraid of ghosts and like dragons and those things, but I'm not afraid of the Taliban.
I only get angry at my brothers and at my father.
I realized that becoming a doctor, I can only help a small community. But by becoming a politician, I can help my whole country.
I say I am stronger than fear.
I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;War & Peace
I thanked President Obama for the United States' work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think I have a right to live my life the way I like. Life ;Freedom & Liberty
I think life is always dangerous. Some people get afraid of it. Some people don't go forward. But some people, if they want to achieve their goal, they have to go. They have to move... We have seen the barbaric situation of the 21st century in Swat. So why should I be afraid now? Life
I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists, especially the Taliban. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I want people to remember that Pakistan is my country. It is like my mother, and I love it dearly. Even if its people hate me, I will still love it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I want poverty to end in tomorrow's Pakistan. I want every girl in Pakistan to go to school.
I want to have fun, but I don't quite know how.
I want to make this world perfect. Inspiration
I want to serve the people.
I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children. Life ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I was born a proud daughter of Pakistan, though like all Swatis I thought of myself first as a Swati and Pashtun, before Pakistani.
I was excited when King's College announced a scholarship for students who are in developing countries.
I will get my education - if it is in home, school, or anyplace. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I will only miss school for an engagement if it is going to bring real change.
If you don't focus on the future generation, it means you are destroying your country. Future
If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home.
If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;War & Peace
If you kill someone, it shows that you are afraid of that person.
I'm not a character like Rapunzel or Cinderella; my story looks like any other.
I'm not becoming western; I am still following my Pashtun culture, and I'm wearing a shalvar kamiz, a dupatta on my head.
I'm often in the company of adults, so it's nice to meet girls my age or younger.
In countries other than Pakistan - I won't necessarily call them 'Western' - people support me. This is because people there respect others. They don't do this because I am a Pashtun or a Punjabi, a Pakistani, or an Iranian, they do it because of one's words and character. This is why I am being respected and supported there. Respect
In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labor.
In Kenya, I met wonderful girls; girls who wanted to help their communities. I was with them in their school, listening to their dreams. They still have hope. They want to be doctor and teachers and engineers. Hope
In many countries, they do not even keep track of how girls are doing in school, or if they are there at all. If we say, 'Girls count,' then we must count girls, so we can see if we are really making progress in educating every girl.
In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflict stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering. Women ;War & Peace
In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
In Swat, there are two jobs a woman's going to do: a teacher or a doctor. If not, then become a housewife. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Islam means peace. War & Peace
Islam tells us every girl and boy should be educated. I don't know why the Taliban have forgotten it.
It gets quite difficult for me when I listen to pop music. I don't often understand the words, but when someone translates them to me, I think, 'What is this song representing? That women are just there to be treated like objects?' Women ;Music, Chants & Rapps
It is true that when there's a drone attack, those - that the - the terrorists are killed, it's true. But 500 and 5,000 more people rises against it, and more terrorism occurs, and more - more bomb blasts occurs.
It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are. Motivation
It's an honor to be awarded the Liberty Medal.
It's good to fight with your brothers, and it's good to tease them to give them advice.
It's quite difficult for a parent to know that their daughter is in great danger.
Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality. Inspiration
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Inspiration
Many girls do not go to school because of poverty.
My father always says that heroism is in the Pashtun DNA.
My story is the story of thousands of children from around the world. I hope it inspires others to stand up for their rights. Hope
Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us, but his soul and spirit will never die. He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Freedom & Liberty
On the day when I was shot, all of my friends' faces were covered, except mine.
On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of 'I am Malala'. They did not say 'I am Taliban.'
Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself... By giving me this height to reach people, he has also given me great responsibilities. Religion & God
Outside of my home, I look like a very obedient, very serious, very good kind of girl, but nobody knows what happens inside the house.
Pakistan is a peace-loving, democratic country.
Pakistanis can't trust. They've seen in history that people, particularly politicians, are corrupt. And they're misguided by people in the name of Islam. They're told: 'Malala is not a Muslim, she's not in purdah, she's working for America.' Trust ;History
People say Malala's voice is being sold to the world. But I see it as Malala's voice reaching the world and resonating globally. You should think about what is behind Malala's voice. What is she saying? I am only talking about education, women's rights, and peace. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Women ;War & Peace
Some girls cannot go to school because of the child labor and child trafficking.
Some parents do not send their children to school because they don't know its importance at all. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don't I take a step and move forward.
Sometimes I play cricket, and I play badminton.
Terrorism will spill over if you don't speak up.
Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me.
The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue. Communication & Communications ;War & Peace
The important thing to note is that it is not important whether Malala was shot or not - Malala is not asking for personal favors or support. She is asking for support with girls' education and women's rights. So don't support Malala, support her campaign for girls' education and women's rights. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Women
The real Malala is gone somewhere, and I can't find her.
The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born. Life
There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it's just one, and it's education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are so many figures in our history that did not believe they could make a change, and they did. History
There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion. Religion & God ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
There's no one who has been living for centuries.
We must tell girls their voices are important.
We need to increase education budgets. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other. Respect
We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls' rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past. Women
What I get a bit angry about is the image of women. Women
What is interesting is the power and the impact of social media... So we must try to use social media in a good way. Power
When God created man and woman, he was thinking, 'Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?' And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful. Women ;Power ;Religion & God
When I was born, some of our relatives came to our house and told my mother, 'Don't worry, next time you will have a son.' Time
When I was young I used to listen to other people and to try and understand what they thought and where they were coming from. I listened and didn't speak.
When someone tells me about Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban - that's my definition for her - I don't think she's me. Now I don't even feel as if I was shot. Even my life in Swat feels like a part of history or a movie I watched. Things change. God has given us a brain and a heart which tell us how to live. Life ;Religion & God
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. Power
You cannot rely on other people's support.