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What Malala did Next

In Celebration of Malala Day, 12 July
Nick Banks
12 Jul
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Next time you’re struggling to fill in the ‘Achievements’ section of your resume, it might be best not to think of Malala Yousafzai. Over the past five years the Pakistani activist, known simply as Malala, has achieved more than most of us will achieve in our entire lives, even if we happen to live until we’re 150 - and she’s not yet 21.

News
|12 Jul|4 mins

What Malala did Next

In Celebration of Malala Day, 12 July
Nick Banks
12 Jul
Share:

Next time you’re struggling to fill in the ‘Achievements’ section of your resume, it might be best not to think of Malala Yousafzai. Over the past five years the Pakistani activist, known simply as Malala, has achieved more than most of us will achieve in our entire lives, even if we happen to live until we’re 150 - and she’s not yet 21.

Image via @MalalaFund

To do so, she’s had to overcome unimaginable adversity, having survived being shot by the Taliban in Pakistan when she was 15 for her insanely brave protests against the Islamic fundamentalist group’s attempts to ban girls from attending school. July 12 marks Malala Day in recognition of a speech she gave to the UN back in 2013 calling for universal access to education around the world. It also happens to be her birthday.

Here we look back at five of Malala’s many incredible achievements over the past five years (while wondering how anyone can fit so much in when we can’t even find 30 minutes to get to the gym).

Malala & Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image via @MalalaFund

1. She’s won a Nobel Prize

The youngest laureate in the prize’s near 120-year history, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with India’s Kailash Satyarthi in 2014 for her fight for the right for all children – and in particular girls – to access education across the planet.

2. She founded the Malala Fund

Malala’s organisation, the Malala Fund, was established in 2013 to campaign for the right of every girl to have 12 years of free education. As well as raising money and public awareness, the charity has also persuaded companies such as Apple to partner with them to achieve the aim.

3. She’s written a bestseller

I Am Malala, published in 2013, was a memoir of Malala’s life, detailing the hardships she’d suffered, including most obviously the shooting that nearly took her life. Since then she’s also published a picture book, Malala’s Magic Pencil, and September will see the release of her third book, We Are Displaced, which examines the plight of refugees.

Image via Netflix

4. She’s been on Letterman

A regular voice in the media as an advocate for human rights the world over, Malala most recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix talkshow, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, talking about standing up against extremism and encouraging governments to invest in education.

5. She’s doing a degree at Oxford University

Somehow, given all her other commitments, Malala has still found time to study at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – the traditional course of study for top politicians and diplomats. No doubt she’s also working part time in the student café to fill in all the spare hours when she’s not writing bestsellers, campaigning for human rights and appearing on Letterman.

Nick Banks
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