Pakistan News / Malala Yousafzai Updates > Renowned US-based Foreign Policy magazine published a list of ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ in which Malala Yousufzai, a young and famous Pakistani child activist, has secured the sixth position.
According to the list, Yousufzai – who was injured in an assassination attempt by Taliban last month – has secured higher ranking than the US President Barack Obama. The top ten personalities in the list published by the Foreign Policy include:
1) Aung San Suu Kyi & Thein Sein (both from Myanmar)
2) Moncef Marzouki (President Tunisia)
3) Bill Clinton (ex-US President) and Hillary Clinton (US Secretary of State)
4) Sebastian Thrun (Computer scientist)
5) Bill Gates (Co-chair Gates Foundation) and Melinda Gates (Co-chair Gates Foundation)
6) Malala Yousufzai (Student, Pakistan)
7) Barack Obama (US President)
8) Paul Ryan (US Congressman)
9) Chen Guangcheng (Legal activist)
10) David Blankenhorn (Activisit)
The following is the citation for Malala Yousufzai published by the Foreign Policy magazine:
MALALA YOUSUFZAI (for standing up to the Taliban, and everything they represent):
The Taliban’s most fearsome enemy in Pakistan isn’t US drones or the military’s tanks: It’s a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Malala Yousafzai’s tool of defiance? Her own bravery in speaking out for the simple idea that girls should have access to the same education as boys. That shouldn’t be a radical notion in 2012, but even as Pakistan bristles with roughly 100 nuclear warheads, up to 60 percent of women are still illiterate and two out of every five girls fail to finish primary school. Challenging the tyranny of those low expectations can get you killed in today’s Pakistan.
In October, as Malala headed home after an exam, a Taliban gunman stopped her school bus and announced that she must be punished for insulting “the soldiers of Allah.” Then he shot her in the head.
Malala, who was grievously wounded but miraculously survived, has fit a lifetime of activism into her few short years. When Islamist militants overran Malala’s native Swat Valley in 2009, banning girls’ education, she penned an anonymous blog for the BBC about the daily horrors of life under Taliban rule. “My five-year-old brother was playing on the lawn. When my father asked him what he was playing, he replied ‘I am making a grave,'” she wrote in one entry. The journal offered a ground-level view of the creeping totalitarianism in Pakistan — and some soon compared it to Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, but set in modern-day Swat Valley.
Armed only with her convictions and the firm support of her father, who runs a private girls’ school, Malala refused to be silenced. She became a celebrity in Pakistan through her outspoken interviews, chaired a “child assembly” that aimed to expand opportunities for youth in the Swat Valley, and pleaded with late U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke to help halt the Talibanization of her country. “I shall raise my voice,” she said last year. “If I didn’t do it, who would?”