17-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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Earlier today, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Here at team Choices/TeenBeing, we’re huge fans of Malala and her work, and are so happy that she’s being recognized as a teen changing the world for the better.

Malala’s path toward becoming a world-renowned advocate started when she was only 11 years old. After the Taliban tried to oppress women in her hometown in Pakistan, Malala began speaking out in interviews about the importance of girls’ education.

Her recognition became global after she was targeted by the Taliban in 2012 for her words. On Oct. 9, 2012, she was attacked by the Taliban and shot in the head, though she miraculously survived the attack and immediately returned to her cause.

We admire Malala for so many reasons, and are always happy to see teens using their voices to make positive change in the world. We’ve previously celebrated #MalalaDay here on TeenBeing, as well as declared her Teen of the Year in 2013, and hope that you will join us in congratulating Malala on this incredible recognition of her work.

Young people were doubly recognized in this year’s award, as Malala shared this year’s prize with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to say, “The true winners today are the world's children." We couldn’t agree more.

Congratulations, Malala!

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