Malala Yousafzai to tour the UK
- Kirstyn Smith
- 12 April 2016
Youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize will visit Glasgow, Leeds and London
Malala Yousafzai, education advocate and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, will appear in three UK cities as part of an arena tour this August.
In 2009, at the age of 12, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym, in which she expressed concern about the military activity in the Swat District of north-west Pakistan where she lived. Two years later, she was awarded Pakistan’s first national Youth Peace Prize, but it was the following year, in 2012, that her name became known worldwide.
Taking the bus home from school, Malala and a group of friends were approached by a masked gunman. After asking for her by name, the man then shot Malala with a single bullet that went through her head, neck and shoulder. The act garnered global condemnation for the Taliban and the following year, not only was Malala recovered enough to return to school, but she also set up the Malala Fund, to bring awareness of the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower young women and girls to demand change.
Alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 and was the subject of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala in 2015.
An Evening with Malala Yousafzai will feature Malala speaking on stage about her life and experiences, as well as a Q&A session with the audience.