1. Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old Pakistani, attracted worldwide interest when she blogged about her battle to access education in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban routinely blows up girls’ schools.
In October, the fundamentalist group, which says educating females leads to “adultery and [would] herald the destruction of Islam”, shot Malala in the head. With the same strength and stubbornness that kept her committed to voicing her opinions, she survived the cowardly attack and is recuperating in a Birmingham hospital. Her bravery reminded the world that education is a human right.