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Malala Yousafzai shared this heart-warming tweet on her first day at university

“Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it, I should not lose hope.”

FIVE YEARS AGO, a masked gunman boarded a schoolbus bus in Pakistan and shot one of its passengers in the head and neck.

That passenger was Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was born in 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. When she was 10, Taliban militants took control of the area. In December of 2008, the Taliban issues an edict banning girls from going to school.

She began blogging for the BBC about life under the Taliban in 2009. She describes how she feels in the final days before her school is set to close.

Malala’s work began gaining prominence internationally – she was featured in a short documentary by The New York Times. With that, however, came increased scrutiny from the Taliban.

Despite fears of retaliation, Malala publicly campaigned for girls to go to school — and won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

On October 9th 2012, Malala was shot on her school bus, in a targeted attack by the Taliban. It would be almost year later before she returned to a classroom.

In October 2013, she set up The Malala Fund, an organisation dedicated to give all girls access to education. Malala has met with girls around the world and many heads of state, carrying her message of girls’ education and equality.

Today, Malala attended her first lectures as an Oxford University Student – and shared this poignant tweet to mark the occasion.

Some gal for one gal.

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