This morning, the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager and education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus two years ago, when she dared to speak out for the right for girls to attend school.
The shooting didn’t silence her.
“They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” said Malala, in a speech at the United Nations, nine months after she was shot. “And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. … Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
Since then, Malala’s been an
even louder, global advocate. And at 17 years of age, she’s the youngest person to win the prize, claiming it alongside Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old human rights activist from India who’s worked to stop child labor. Both are being acknowledged for their work against the oppression of children.