Horrific Taliban School Massacre Leaves 131 Dead, Mostly Children

Today, in northwestern Pakistan, Taliban gunmen entered a military-run school and opened fire, killing at least 131 people, most of whom were children. » 12/16/14 9:50am 12/16/14 9:50am

Prominent Feminist Afghan Politician Survives Suicide Attack

Today, a suicide bomber carried out an attack on the vehicle of Shukria Barakzai a female member of Afghanistan parliament and outspoken proponent of women's rights. Barakzai survived the assassination attempt with minor injuries, but three people were killed and somewhere between 17-22 were left injured. » 11/16/14 3:00pm 11/16/14 3:00pm

Malala's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Teaches Us All to Be Brave

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spoke on Friday about her human rights work around education and saving the minds of other women under terrorism's rule. » 10/10/14 4:30pm 10/10/14 4:30pm

Malala Yousafzai's Mom Is Learning to Read and Write

Since being shot by the Taliban for her dogged insistence on attending school (and talking up its importance), Malala Yousafzai has become one of the world's best-known campaigners for women's literacy. Seems she's got influence at home, too: Her mom has recently learned to read, write and speak some English. » 8/20/14 5:00pm 8/20/14 5:00pm

Meet Afghanistan’s First Female Rapper

Last night's AMAs were a blur of metallic outfits, celebrity antics, and Miley Cyrus with a giant crying cat as a backup dancer. Perhaps you'd like a little palate cleanser? If so, consider the story of Paradise Sorouri, who is probably Afghanistan's first female rapper. » 11/25/13 12:10pm 11/25/13 12:10pm

Taliban Says It Would Definitely Try to Kill Malala Yousafzai Again

Taliban leaders claim that they didn't actually shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head because of her determination to get an education—they did it because she was making "a jokes" out of Islam. (I don't really get the point of that distinction, nor does it seem particularly sincere, but okey dokey.) And, they say,… » 10/07/13 10:00am 10/07/13 10:00am

Malala Yousafzai Honored as Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year

On Friday, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head last October by Taliban militants, was honored as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year. » 9/28/13 3:30pm 9/28/13 3:30pm

Women At Risk to Lose Rights Amidst Afghan Peace Process

Since the collapse of the Taliban in 2001, when the status of women in Afghanistan was arguably at its lowest in recent history, Afghani women have made meaningful strides in gaining rights. During the brutal Taliban years, women were banned from going to work or even leaving their house without a male to accompany… » 7/29/13 6:00pm 7/29/13 6:00pm

Taliban Letter to Malala Reads Like It Was Written By Cartoon Bad Guys

Despite Malala Yousafzai's awe-inspiring speech at the United Nations on July 12, officially dubbed "Malala Day," the Taliban's retaliation to the overwhelming support Malala has received from around the world has been deadly. A month before Malala Day, militants attacked a bus carrying female students, 12 of whom… » 7/18/13 5:30pm 7/18/13 5:30pm

Today Is Malala Day

Last fall, doctors were repairing Malala Yousafzai's shattered skull after the 15-year-old was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to go (and talk about the importance of going) to school. Today, she's celebrating her 16th birthday at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where she will call for… » 7/12/13 10:25am 7/12/13 10:25am

Malala Yousafzai Reunites with Friend From Taliban Attack

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for wanting an education, has been reunited with her friend Shazia Ramzan who was on the same school bus when gunmen opened fire last October. » 7/01/13 7:00pm 7/01/13 7:00pm

Teenage Superhero Malala Yousafzai Back in School Today

Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani superhero for girls' education who was shot by the Taliban last October, headed back to school today at a private girls' high school. The bionic girl and her family relocated to Birmingham, England and she appears to be blending in just fine with the normals. » 3/19/13 11:45pm 3/19/13 11:45pm

In Her First Video Statement, Malala Yousufzai Vows to Keep Fighting

Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl who just a few days ago had a titanium plate put in her skull as a result of being shot by the Taliban back in October, has released her first video statement — which was recorded on January 22 — via a PR firm a mere couple of hours after Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital… » 2/04/13 10:25am 2/04/13 10:25am

Teen Activist Shot By Taliban Will Get a Titanium Plate in Her Skull

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban extremist for the outrageous crime of wanting to go to school (while female!), has just two more surgeries to go—one to install a cochlear implant and the other to patch her vulnerable damaged skull with a titanium plate. » 1/31/13 4:00pm 1/31/13 4:00pm

Five Female Polio Workers Were Shot in Pakistan Today

Gunmen shot five Pakistani women who were working on a U.N. polio vaccination campaign in two different cities today. Good morning! » 12/18/12 10:00am 12/18/12 10:00am

Assassination of Afghan Women Sends a Crystal Clear Message, and It's…

Najia Siddiqi, Afghanistan's Director of Provincial Women's Affairs, was assassinated this week. She had been filling in for her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, since July — guess what happened to her? Assassinated, too. Could the Taliban's message be clearer? Support women's rights in a visible way (starting with "dare… » 12/12/12 6:30pm 12/12/12 6:30pm

14-Year-Old Girl Shot by Taliban Is Speaking, Shows No Signs of Brain…

Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban for being an outspoken proponent of equal education while walking home from school, continues on her remarkable path to recovery, having finally regained the ability to speak. Her parents have recently traveled to the UK… » 10/26/12 4:40pm 10/26/12 4:40pm

14-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Is Recovering After Taliban Shooting

Great news: Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl and outspoken equal education rights advocate who was shot by the Taliban for being "pro-West" (among other points of contention), is recovering relatively quickly. According to medical officials at the British hospital she was transported to after her… » 10/19/12 10:50am 10/19/12 10:50am

Malala Yousufzai, the Taliban’s 14-Year-Old Shooting Victim, May Get…

Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for having the audacity to promote women's education, will be getting some extra-special first-aide if her condition worsens. According to the AP, the United Arab Emirates plans to send a specially-outfitted aircraft to ferry Yousufzai abroad… » 10/14/12 1:30pm 10/14/12 1:30pm