Nearly a year after the Taliban shot her in the head in a botched assassination attempt, Malala Yousufzai could become the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize Friday. The 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl is up against 258 other nominees for this year's award, but she is perhaps the most well known and the favorite to win. The Taliban targeted Malala when she left school in Pakistan's Swat Vallley in an attempt to silence her pleas for the need to provide women with education. The Taliban's bullet passed through her head, neck and shoulder, leaving her unconscious and in critical condition. After multiple surgeries, Malala was released from a U.K. hospital last March. And despite continued threats from the Taliban on her life, Malala's message has been as ardent as ever. On Tuesday, the Taliban vowed to try to kill the teenager again, promising "all out" efforts to punish her relationship with the West.
Malala Yousafzai, waves to onlookers after speaking at a news conference on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. The Pakistani teenager, an advocate for education for girls, survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 on her way home from school. (AP Photo/Jessica Rinaldi)
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 Updated at 10:03 PM PDT