Malala Yousafzai may only be 18-years-old, but she’s accomplished so much in her lifetime, and will go down in history for it. And on Tuesday, Feb. 29, National Geographic will introduce people to Malala and reacquaint those who already know about Malala’s accomplishments.
Malala is much more than an activist. She embodies perseverance and triumph over adversities.
At the age of 11, Malala ruffled feathers in Pakistan with her piece, “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to an Education.” Shortly after, she started to keep an online diary using a pseudonym.
Malala’s outspokenness didn’t sit well with the Taliban and on October 9, 2012, Malala was shot and wounded by the Taliban on her school bus. The Taliban spokesman said of the attack, “Let this be a lesson”.
The attack on Malala sparked a national and international outpouring of support. Malala recovered from the shooting in England, and became a face of a movement.
Malala’s demand for all children to be educated in Pakistan lead her to be named on of Time’s The 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and the recipient of the 2013 Sakharov Prize.But her biggest accomplishment was becoming the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Tonight, NatGeo will air “He Named Me Malala,” the Oscar-shortlisted 2015 documentary from filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”). The move takes a look at Malala’s life, story, and personal journey as a leading campaigner for girls’ education around the globe.
Tune in tonight at 8pm on NatGeo to watch the documentary commercial free.