16-year old Malala Yousafzai: The first girl ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Sadness is relative. It’s not a competition between people to see who has more stress in their life. We all have days when we just want to scream and cry, and as a young person your daily life is full of ups and downs, trying to juggle friends, family, school and other activity demands. It’s the same for adults, too. But when the drama in your life seems to spiral downwards it can help to put things into perspective. When I read about 16-year old Malala Yousafzai, I begin to summon the courage to face my fears and develop positive solutions to my problems. Please read her story below:

 Survived an assassination attempt after daring to speak out…

“Girl Scouts of the USA congratulates sixteen year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban after daring to speak out for the education of girls, for being the first girl to ever be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We recognize Malala as an Honorary Girl Scout, as she has made the world a better place through her remarkable courage, confidence, and character. Today not only marks an historic milestone for girls in the world, it is also International Day of the Girl, and regardless of the ultimate decision of the Nobel Committee, Malala has changed lives and opened eyes across the globe.”

“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.”  – Malala Yousafzai

On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England for intensive rehabilitation.

g9510.90.50_malalaB.inddIn the April 2013 issue of Time magazine, Yousafzai was featured on the magazine’s front cover and as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”. She was the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. On 12 July 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education, and in September 2013 she officially opened the Library of Birmingham. Yousafzai is the recipient of the Sakharov Prize for 2013.

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