Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls education, and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Born in the Swat District of north Pakistan, Malala began writing a blog in 2009 detailing her life under Taliban occupation and her views on promoting education for girls in her area. In 2012, Malala survived an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman on her way back from school. The assassination attempt received worldwide media coverage and sparked international outrage.

In 2013, Malala launched her own nonprofit organization, The Malala Fund, focusing on helping girls go school and raise their voices for the right to education. The goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. The Malala Fund partners with organizations that are led by local leaders and focuses on improving girls’ access to safe, quality, and relevant education.