Do you believe in universal education: the right to attend school and to learn, regardless of gender?
Malala Yousafzai nearly gave her life for it. Her story proves that even teens can change the world.
Malala was born in the Swat District of Pakistan on July 12, 1997. Her father, Ziauddin, the head of a nearby school, was a vocal advocate of the right of women to receive an education. This made him an enemy of the hardline traditionalists -- known as the Taliban in that part of the world -- then intent on turning back the clock where women's rights were concerned.