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MalalaHer name is Malala. A Pakistani school pupil and education activist, she is world famous for her activism for education rights for women where the Taliban have banned girls from attending school.

She gained international prominence by writing a blog at the age of 11 detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. A New York Times documentary filmed her life as she continued to give voice to her ideas, shining a light on important issues for girls’ education.

About a year ago, Malala was shot in an assassination attempt by the Taliban while returning home on a school bus. Making a remarkable full recovery, her assassination attempt sparked a national and international outpouring of support. United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Malala’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Time magazine (April 29, 2013 issue) featured Malala on the front cover as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” She is also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

Her new book, “I Am Malala” is on my must-read list during the month of January. I believe her book is her voice of vibrancy and I look forward to being deeply inspired…

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