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Portrait of the Day: Malala Yousafzai

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13 October 2019, 12:30

Room 32


  • Talks and Lectures

Born in Mingora, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is a human rights activist for female education. She came to prominence in 2009 after writing about her life during the Taliban occupation of her town Swat Valley, and the ban on girls' education. In October 2012, she was shot on the left side of her head in an attack by a Taliban gunman on her school bus. She recovered in Birmingham, UK, where she chose to remain with her family. In 2013, Malala was awarded the International Children's Peace Prize and in 2014, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. She founded the Malala Fund in 2013, which is dedicated to giving all girls access to twelve years of free, safe, quality education. She is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.