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Malala Yousufzai: One Month On

Courageous youth activist “surprised” at attention she's received.

As the world celebrates the bravery of a 15-year-old and her inspirational dedication to the cause of educating girls, IWPR looks back with pride on Malala Yousufzai's involvement in the Open Minds project.

Malalai Yousufzai talks about taking part in IWPR's Open Minds project.

Open Minds encourages young people to write about the issues they care about and hosts discussion clubs to support open debate. In the clip on the right, Malala describes what she got out of the project, and is also shown receiving a prize in an essay-writing competition.

In honour of Malala, November 10 has been declared a global day of action to get girls all over the world into school – one of the main issues she spoke out about in Pakistan. And in Britain, campaigner Shahida Choudhary has set up a petition to get Malala nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

IWPR is assisting Malala and her family as she recovers with support from the Sahar Journalists’ Assistance Fund, which commemorates Sahar al-Haidari, the courageous Iraqi woman reporter killed by extremists in 2007. To learn more about the fund or make a contribution to it, contact Cynthia Sadler.

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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai first came to public attention in 2009 when she wrote a BBC diary about life under the Taliban. Now recovering from surgery after being shot by the militants, the campaigner for girls' rights is in the spotlight again.


Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl.

The Guardian

Footage from November 2011 of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl fighting for her life after being shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday, giving a speech on the importance of education. The teenager had met the chief minister of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, in Lahore. Malala says she was continuing her education, despite being banned from studying by the Taliban.