Courage can only be tested in the face of darkness. Though, it is rare to have such courage at 15 years of age.
Last October, while riding home on a school bus, 15 year-old Malala Yousufzai, was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban. The shooting was intended to silence an outspoken Pakistani teenager who dared to defy the Taliban’s law against girls receiving an education.
Malala was almost a martyr. She survived and instantly became an international hero.
At age 11, Malala was blogging for BBC’s Urdu site, writing about her passion to become a doctor and her fears of the Taliban. She was determined to not allow her fears of the Taliban to prevent her from pursuing her dreams of an education.
Her first public statement after the shooting was: “God has given me this new life. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated.” In her memoir, she raises awareness about the 61 million children around the world who does not have access to basic education.
She has become a warrior for girls everywhere and continues to advocate for equal education.