Child education activist Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel laurate

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Malala Yousafzai: The fighter from Pak
Bangalore, Oct 10: Shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15 and winning the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, Pakistani child rights activist Malala Yousafzai has come a long way.

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On Friday, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Indian child activist Kailash Satyarthi. Malala became the youngest ever Nobel Laurate and the second recipient from Pakistan. She was shot in the head two years back on Oct 9, 2012.

Shot by Taliban at the age of 15

Malala's journey has not been an easy one. She has fought against all odds and has become the symbol of defiance. She has fought against militants and has advocated the idea of education for girls.

After being shot in the head by Taliban militants, she was airlifted to Britain where she underwent treatment for her injuries. Since then she has been campaigning for girls education in Pakistan.

Malala invokes Gandhi at UN

Her maiden speech at the United Nations was received with a thunderous appalause and a standing ovation. She invoked Mahatma Gandhi's idea of non-violence in her speech.

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Settled in Birmingham, she is unable to return to Pakistan because the Taliban threatens to kill her and her family members. She even took a stand and campaigned to release the Nigerian schools girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants.

On her birthday last year, the UN announced that July 13 would be called as 'Malala Day.'

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