Malala – an influential world leader who’s also doing her GCSEs

Malala – an influential world leader who’s also doing her GCSEs

WOW – and wow. Every once in a while you hear a voice that stops you in your tracks and makes you think. That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday when I heard Malala Yousafzai give a speech at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Malala, as the whole world knows, is the courageous Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 after speaking out about girls’ rights to an education.

Now 16 and a pupil at a girls’ school in Birmingham, Malala was speaking at the Women of the World Festival 2014 (WOW for short). The five-day event was launched four years ago to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and to look at the most potent topics for woman today. So it was inspiring to see women of all ages (and a few men too) stream into the hall on a sunny Saturday morning to hear world-renowned speakers, visit exhibitions and even attend mentoring sessions.

Malala has achieved so much in a very short time...

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