Malala Yousafzai started blogging about the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education when she was just 11 years old, telling al-Jazeera in a 2010 interview, “If this new generation is not given pens, they will be given guns by terrorists.” At 14, she was shot—along with two of her classmates—by Taliban assailants on the girls’ way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She survived the Oct. 9 shooting, in which a bullet grazed her brain, and is now recovering at a hospital in Britain, where her fight for girls’ education continues. Some 32 million girls worldwide are denied access to education; in Pakistan some five million children do not go to school. A month after Yousafzai was shot, the Pakistani government announced that it will adopt new measure to get every child into school by the end of 2015.
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