Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls' right to education, has become the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize was awarded jointly to the 17-year-old Malala and to Indian children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai poses for pictures at the United Nations headquarters in New YorkReuters

Malala was attacked in 2012 on a school bus in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan by masked gunmen as a punishment for a blog that she started writing for the BBC's Urdu service as an 11-year-old, to campaign against the Taliban's efforts to deny women an education.

Unable to return to Pakistan after her recovery, Yousafzai moved to Britain, setting up the Malala Fund and supporting local education advocacy groups with a focus on Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Syria and Kenya.

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
Schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai is seen in Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, in this undated photoReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
9 October 2012: Staff at the Saidu Sharif Teaching Hospital in the Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, assist Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was wounded in a gun attackReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
15 October 2012: Candles are lit in front of a portrait of Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on 9 October by the Taliban, during a candlelight vigil organised by Nepalese Youth in Kathmandu.Reuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
26 October 2012: Malala's father Ziauddin and two younger brothers Atal and Khushal visit Malala at Queen Elizabeth Hospital BirminghamGetty
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
4 January 2013: Malala Yousafzai says goodbye to nurses as she leaves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in BirminghamGetty
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
19 March 2013: Malala Yousufzai smiles as she attends Edgbaston High School for Girls in BirminghamReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
12 July 2013: Malala Yousafzai is introduced before her speech at the United Nations Headquarters in New YorkReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
8 October 2013: A woman reads a copy of Malala Yousufzai's book "I am Malala" at a book store in Islamabad, PakistanReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
11 October 2013: US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia meet Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office of the White HouseReuters
Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize
10 March 2014: The Queen meets Malala Yousafzai as they attend the Commonwealth Day observance service at Westminster Abbey in LondonGetty