b. 12 July 1997
It takes a lot of courage to stand up to people who are doing wrong, especially when you’re a schoolgirl in Pakistan and you live under Taliban rule. When she was 11, Malala Yousafzai blogged for the BBC about her dreams and fears. She soon became famous worldwide for her reports on life under the Taliban, and for her insistence on girls continuing at school despite a Taliban ban. Almost four years later, in 2012, Malala was shot in the head while returning home on a school bus. Having recovered in the UK, Malala continues to advocate for the right of all children to an education, and she’s back where she’s fought so hard to be — at school. She has been called ‘the most famous teenager in the world’.