5 Things The Youngest-Ever Nobel Prize Winner Has Done in 2014

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Malala Yousafzai won a Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her "struggle against the suppression of children" and her commitment to children's rights around the world. The 17-year-old Muslim girl became the youngest person and the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai 

After surviving life-threatening gunshot wounds to the face by the Taliban almost exactly two years ago, the 17-year-old Pakistani girl took her fight for peace and gender equality to the world stage. Here's a glance at 5 things the teenager did in 2014 that prove how deserving she is of the prestigious honor.

1. Malala became a global voice for the Nigerian girls

 

Malala met with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in July to raise awareness for the injustice. She urged Jonathan to meet with parents of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram, and further his commitment to bring the girls home safely.

2. Malala helped Syrian refugee children cross the border to safety

 

In February, Malala and other team members from her fund helped hundreds of Syrian refugees leave their war-torn country behind and enter the safety of Jordan. When asked about the risks of danger aiding those refugees in need, Malala said, "It's a risk to all of us if we ignore them."

3. Malala helped young people have a voice among world education leaders

 

"I believe all countries can do more," Malala said. "Rich countries must do their part and keep their promises, and developing countries must give more of their own budgets to education." 

4. The Malala Fund made a long-term commitment to girls' education

 

At this year's Clinton Global Initiative, Malala announced that her fund is pledging a $3 million multi-year commitment toward education in developing countries. Some of those funds will go toward a girls' education summit this December.

5. And she is an inspiration to us all

 

The youngster is a believer in big dreams. Malala said last year that she hopes to one day be the prime minister of Pakistan. "Through politics, I can serve my whole country," she said.

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