Nobel-Prize winner and a brave heart Malala Yousafzai has turned 23 on July 12. According to details, Malala was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora area of Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, province of Pakistan.
Malala’s name is derived from Tasmiya Maiwand’s Malala, who was a famous Pashtun poet and militant woman from southern Afghanistan.
The youngest Nobel Prize recipient has led a rather risky life in order to fight for the education of girl child in a Taliban-dominated area.
Malala, who had been shot with a bullet for her brave stand, did not step back even after the threats and attacks. She went on with her fight for education of girl child.
On October 10, 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for the right of children and youth to education. At the age of 17, Malala is the youngest person in the world to receive this award.
The official Twitter of Noble Prize wrote, “If one girl can change the world, what can 130 million girls do?” Wishing a happy birthday to @Malala Yousafzai, awarded the 2014 #NobelPeacePrize for standing up for girls’ rights to education.”
It is to be noted that Malala is the youngest person in the world to win a Nobel Prize in any field.
She has so far received 40 international awards from around the world in recognition of her bravery.
On her 23rd birthday today, here are some quotes by the brave girl that will definitely leave you inspired and motivated:
1. “When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.”
2. “We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”
3. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
4. “With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”
5. “Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”
6. “If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”
7. “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorow’s reality.”
8. “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
9. “Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?”
10. “Kindness can only be repaid with kindness. It can’t be repaid with expressions like ‘thank you’.”
The activist, who was named one of TIME’s most influential people for three years running, in 2013, 2014, and 2015, began her studies at Oxford University in 2017 and completed her degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in June 2020.
Malala’s bravery, resilience and passion for women’s rights have made her an inspiration to many girls and feminists around the world. Click through the gallery above to read 10 of her most inspiring quotes on everything including female education, peace and kindness.