After Malala recovered from her injuries, she continued to give speeches and fight for girl’s education. If one could say her message was altered by the incident, she only grew more determined to succeed. She published her first book, which was an autobiography called: "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban," in 2013. She was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in October of the same year as well. Malala also co-created a fund with her father, called the Malala Fund, which continues to provide children all over the world with education. In October 2014, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and at only seventeen, she became the youngest to ever be given the honor.
Malala was only fourteen when she began to receive death threats. She kept a straight face and continued to fight, never even thinking about backing down, highlighting her courage. Never using force, she only used her motivational words in an attempt to persuade the Taliban to allow girls’ education. The world used Malala as a symbol for gender equality, taking her message one step further. She did what no other girl has done before, and continues to do so today.
If ever given the chance, I would ask Malala how she could continue to fight for what she believed in with the target on her back. Death threats are very serious, and very scary, and Malala was showered in them. Many adults would cower if put in her position, but she has a huge amount of bravery. According to the Washington Post, Malala said the following about being approached by another Taliban gunman, “I’ll tell him how important education is, and that I even want education for your children as well. And I would tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’”
If I were the same person, I do not think I ever would have become an activist in the first place. I would have kept my mouth shut and not bothered about not having an education. Only someone with as much courage and bravery as Malala, and in the same position as her, would be able to do the same things.