Girls' Voice

International Day of the Girl – Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai was born in Swat valley in Pakistan, a beautiful and peaceful place until the Taliban began to ban girls from going to school. Malala, and many of her friends, did not agree with this and continued to go to school despite the dangers.

In October 2012, just a year ago, it was a dark day for all of Pakistan and for the entire world. Malala’s school bus was attacked as they were coming back from school. Malala was badly injured and came to the UK for her recovery.

Malala and her family are now living in Birmingham and she goes to school here. She was shot to keep her quiet, but she says;

“I think that the Taliban may be regretting that they shot Malala. Now she is heard of in every corner of the world.”

Malala still campaigns for the right of women and girls to go to school and says that we all must realise how lucky we are to have that choice.


By Sophie Dodds, Year 6