• Malala Yousafzai became an international symbol of the fight for girls’ education. • In 2009, Malala had begun writing a blog under a pseudonym about fears that her school would be attacked. • After her identity was revealed, Malala and her father Ziauddin continued to speak out for the right to education. • The Taliban’s attack on Malala on 9 October 2012 as she was returning home from school. • In 2013, Malala and her father co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to demand change. • In December 2014, she became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. • Secretary-General António Guterres designated Malala as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2017 to help raise awareness of the importance of girl’s education. • In Pakistan, over 2 million people signed a right to education petition, and the National Assembly ratified Pakistan's first Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill.