For this week’s Dose of Inspiration, The Story Exchange is shining a spotlight on an incredible young woman: Malala Yousafzai, a teenage Pakistani activist for girls’ education opportunities.

In 2012, she was shot in the head by Taliban militants for her views on education. Against all odds, Yousafzai came back strong and used this attack to fuel her fire in the fight for equality. She now has stronger national and international support than ever before, and continues to speak out about the oppression of women, both in her country and beyond. Her significant work and eloquent words of peace even led her to become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yousafzai is an inspiration to us all. At the young age of 17, she has been courageous enough to stand up for her rights despite incredibly difficult circumstances, and has moved nations with her words of progress. Her unyielding passion and commitment to change encourages us never to give up.

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