'This Week' Game Changer: Malala Yousafzai

The 16-year-old Pakistani girl attacked by the Taliban rose to international prominence as a champion of girl's education.
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My pick for game changer this year is miles scott, a 5-year-old recovered from leukemia, got a wish from the make-a-wish foundation. He wanted to become a superhero. When the country is in dire need of superheros we found one in a 5-year-old. This morning, we're looking back at the game changers of 2013. Next, a pakistani teenager who cheated death to become an inspiring global star, malala yousafzai refused to back down from threats from the taliban, and this year she became the youngest person ever nominated for the nobel peace prize. Ababc's bob woodruff has her story, still in its first chapter. Reporter: We first met 15-year-old malala in birmingham, england, after the taliban tried to kill her. She returned home from the hospital between surgeries and spoke to abc news for the first time since the attack. Dear malala, I heard what HAPPENED TO YOU ON OCTOBER 9th. Reporter: Her home were filled with letters and presents from around the world. You must have a lot of people u want to thank, what would you say to them? Today, you can see I'm alive. I can see you. I can see everyone and I'm getting better day by day. Reporter: It was a miracle she had survived at all. Shot in the head at point-blank range. This little girl from the swath valley of pakistan was not only fighting for her life, she was fighting for the right of all girls to go to school. Malala yousafzai was attacked and shot by extremists who don't want girls to have an education. And don't want girls to speak for themselves. I have the right of education, I have to right to play. I have the right to speak up. Reporter: Malala was speaking up because the taliban was bombing schools, threatening teachers, ordering girls to stay at home. She was even featured in this documentary by "the new york times." They will not stop me. I will get my education if it's at home or at school or any place. I want to become a doctor. Reporter: Her father, an activist and schoolteacher was targeted for death, soon his only daughter would be, too. She doesn't remember the man with the gun boarding her school bus, but she described what her friends sitting next to her told her. Just holding my hand. You just squeezed my hand and you said nothing. And she said, like, you just looked at the man like this, and then she said, like, then he fired two bullets. And one hit you on the left side of my head and it hit me like this. So, I hide my face because there was gunpowder on my finger. Reporter: The real shooter was never arrested, and as word spread that malala was alive, her survival became the ultimate defiance. She gets letters from children. Malala is incredible. Reporter: They have made videos for her. Did you ever imagine that there would be this kind of reaction to what happened to her? I think malala is an inspiration for children all around the world, every girl is like malala yousafzai. Reporter: But not every girl would risk her life to take on the extremists, who tried to kill her. I was with her only a couple of days after the incident, i asked, what do you want to do? I want to continue doing the work I'm doing. She said, I'm okay. I'm going to be okay. And there are many, many more people I could have helped. She could have silenced herself. Pretty courageous for her to do this work. She won't back down until she thinks every child has the right to go to school. I'm here to speak up for the right of education of every child. Reporter: So, on her 16th birthday, the bravest girl in the world, took to the stage at the united nations, an emotional moment for her proud parents. They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. The terrorists thought that they would change my name and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life, except this. Weakness, fear and hopelessness died, strength and courage was born. Reporter: The little girl had become a symbol for a cause much ladies and gentlemen of the larger than herself. Her life is a miracle, her standing up against with her full stature is a miracle and the way she spoke, I think it was amazing. And now, I'm not the only person who own her as a daughter. She's owned by everybody. Reporter: She's the daughter of the world? She's the daughter of the world. She wants an education for everybody, especially for the daughters and sons of taliban. Reporter: But on the one-year anniversary of malala's attack, the taliban said they would target her again. People don't go forward. Now, I know, you must not be afraid of it. And you must move forward. Reporter: To move forward she has created the malala fund, to create awareness and money for the millions of girls around the world who can't go to school. Her first grant, sending 40 young girls in the swath valley to school full-time. The education of 40 girls into 40 million girls. Reporter: Many of the world's loudest voices are speaking out to support her cause. They shot her at point-blank range in the head and made her stronger. Malala who dared to believe that every child has an equal right to education. What matters is that you're brave and you're very, very brave, malala. I know your father is backstage and he's very proud of you, but would he be mad if i adopted you? Reporter: Despite her popularity, malala continues to speak truth to power. When president barack obama invited her to the white house, she expressed concern about the innocent victims killed by american drone attacks and asked him to refocus on education. One child. One teacher. One book. And one pen. Can change the world. Reporter: For "this week," I'm bob woodruff, abc news, new york. Malala just announced her new goal, she wants to be prime minister of pakistan. She's already a written memoir called "i am malala." For more on her mission, check out malalafund.Org.

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