The 20-year-old is meeting with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Student and education activist Malala Yousafzai has returned to her native Pakistan for the first time.
In 2012, she survived an assassination attempt by Taliban extremists, and was moved to the United Kingdom for treatment.
Since then, she’s gone on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and started her studies at Oxford University. Her non-profit, the Malala Fund, has a goal of reaching 130 million girls worldwide who need help accessing education.
It’s safe to say Yousafzai has been busy. Until now, though, she hasn’t gone back to Pakistan.
The BBC reports that Yousafzai touched down in Islamabad overnight, accompanied by her parents and officials from the Malala Group.
Her trip is expected to last four days. Details are mostly being kept under wraps due for security, but the BBC says she will be meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
“At this very moment girls and women are leading movements for education and equality around the world. At this very moment survivors of violence, harassment and discrimination are coming forward and pushing for justice. At this very moment voices silenced for too long are being heard.” — Malala Happy #IWD2018 to courageous girls and women around the world.
It was not yet known if the trip would include a visit to Yousafzai’s hometown, Mingora in the Swat District.
Earlier in March, Yousafzai appeared on US television heavyweight David Letterman’s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. She spoke about the need to combat extremist views wherever they’re found.
“That’s what we have to fight against, the ideology… that does not accept women as equal to men, that does not accept women to have the right to education, that does not accept women to have the right to do a job, to decide her own future,” Yousafzai told Letterman.
Very well said. We’ll keep you up to date as more details of her Pakistan visit emerge.