Malala & Ziauddin Yousafzai

Author & Activist

Malala Yousafzai

In October 2012, while returning home on the school bus, then 15-year-old Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out for the rights of girls. Since the attack, she has become internationally recognized for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education. Following the outpouring of support, Malala set up an international organization – the Malala Fund – which is dedicated to helping promote education for girls throughout the world. Malala’s bravery and unwavering determination to her cause has seen her honored Internationally, including one of the world’s highest honors: the Nobel Peace Prize. Her incredible story is recounted in the memoir I Am Malala and is an international bestseller.

Educator & Activist

Ziauddin Yousafzai

Ziauddin Yousafzai is proud to be known as the father of Malala. An educator, human rights campaigner, and social activist who also faced threats under the Taliban, he encouraged his daughter from an early age to speak out for girls’ education and equality. Yousafzai is the co-founder of the Malala Fund and the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education.