Youngest Nobel laureate to speak in Sydney


Sydneysiders will be the first in Australia to hear from the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.

The 21-year-old Pakistani woman is travelling to the country for the Women World Changers series with Sydney her first stop on Monday night, organiser The Growth Faculty said.

Ms Yousafzai rose to international prominence in 2012 when a masked gunman shot her in the face when she was 15 while on the way from her school in northern Pakistan, in response to her public advocacy about young girls’ right to an education.

Before being shot, Ms Yousafzai had been blogging for four years for the BBC about life under the Taliban and the restrictions on the lives of local women.

Her family relocated to England after the shooting, allowing Ms Yousafzai to complete her secondary and tertiary education.

At 17, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and established a foundation in her name to fundraise for girls’ education.

Ms Yousafzai will speak in Melbourne on Tuesday.

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