- Female education activist
Malala Yousafzai, 18, became a global icon for female education and empowerment after the Taliban shot her in the head in 2012 at age 15. Malala has become a symbol for resistance against restrictive attitudes towards women. She is a strong proponent of peacebuilding by providing equal education opportunities and delivers her message to audiences around the world. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, the award’s youngest laureate.