Malala kept going to the school her father founded, despite the ban. And she kept on speaking out for her right and the rights of all girls to have an education. She blogged for the British Broadcasting Company under a pen name. She gave more speeches. In 2011 14-year old Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize and received Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.
But Malala’s activism made the Taliban very angry. When Malala was still just 14, the Taliban issued a death threat against her. It was frightening, but Malala would not be stopped. She was certain that she would not be harmed because she was just a child. But Malala’s voice was strong and, even though she was a child, people were listening to her. On October 9, 2012 she was shot traveling home from school.
Malala survived and she continued to be a voice for equality and education. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke of Malala as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”
She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 but was not selected as the winner. In 2014, she was nominated again. Today is the ceremony at which she is being honored for her courageous work to enable all children to have an education. At age 17, she is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.