Freedom of Speech is a right had by all Americans, but this is not a luxury some other countries have. In such places, like Pakistan, you can actually be harmed for speaking in a public forum. In Pakistan, there are certain groups who do not believe in free speech or equal rights for women and girls. Malala Yousafzai, a teenage girl who lived in Pakistan, did not agree with these beliefs.
When a group called the Taliban wanted to prevent girls from getting an education, Malala spoke out. She believed all children have the right to an education. Malala also refused to stop going to school, even though it put her safety in jeopardy. Malala was only 15 years old when she was attacked and shot by the Taliban for letting her voice be heard.
Malala was badly hurt by the attack, and it took her a long time to recover. She did not let the attack silence her; instead she continued to fight for her beliefs. When Malala recovered from her injuries, she got right back to school and continued to spread her message to anyone who would listen.
Malala didn’t just protest by going to school and speaking out. She also raised money for schools to help girls in her town. Malala inspired people across the globe with her bravery. She received many awards for her efforts, the largest being, the Nobel Peace Prize. Normally, the Nobel Peace Prize is given to an adult, but Malala received it at 17 years old. Malala is the youngest person to ever receive this award.
In July, the United Nations declared Malala’s birthday, July 12th, Malala Day. Malala said “Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.”