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Pakistani Girl Malala: The Most Searched Name of 2012

Updated on January 6, 2015

Pakistani school girl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in head by extremists, became the most searched name of 2012, according to a global survey of the English language done by Global Language Monitor. “Apocalypse”, another word in the top ten suggests that people are uneasy or uncertain about the future. Global Language Monitor analyses the latest trends in the English language and their impact on social life. "Gangnam style‟ of South Korean musician Psy, became an overnight pop culture reference, and was the number one searched phrase of 2012.

Global Language Monitor reports indicate that the top ten names of 2012 were: Malala, Xi Jinping, Kate Middleton, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, London Olympics, Higgs Boson, Europe, Felix Baumgartner and Senkaku islands.

Legendary Courageous Youngster

Malala Yousufzai is known all over the globe as a women‟s right activist, blogger and an icon of exemplary bravery. As a school girl, Malala was actively involved in education and women‟s rights activities in the Swat valley of Pakistan. Malala‟s blog became a topic of discussion among the global community and her interviews in print media gained extensive popularity. In recognition of her meritorious services to society, Malala was conferred Pakistan‟s National Youth Peace Prize and the Simone De Beauvoir Prize. Eventually Malala got nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person to be nominated in the history of the Nobel Prize. On October 2012, Malala Yousufzai was assassinated by religious extremists.

Scintillating Fire of Activism

Malala was an aggressive activist who dreamt of educating thirty two million "out of school‟ girls all over the globe. An online petition has been started in Canada to mobilize support to nominate Ms. Yousufzai for the Nobel peace prize and it now has over 10,0000 signatures,
including prominent political figures. Father of Malala, Mr. Ziauddin Yousufzai has been appointed as Special United Nations Adviser on Global Education. According to people at the
helm of UNESCO, with Malala‟s courageous attitude and inspiration, the whole world is moving towards the noble idea of „education for every girl‟. Malala‟s voice and her dream of female empowerment reverberate across the face of oppression that so many women are forced to endure every day.


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