Malala Yousafzai to be Honored with the Children’s Peace Prize
Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls’ right to education, has won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize, KidsRights announced Tuesday.
The Pakistani 16-year-old will receive the award from 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and women’s rights campaigner Tawakkol Karman at a glittering ceremony in The Hague on September 6, the Amsterdam-based organisation said.
Malala “risked her life in the fight for access to education for girls all over the world,” KidsRights said in a statement.
“By awarding the 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize… KidsRights shines the spotlight on a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children’s rights,” it added.
The passionate advocate for girls education was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus near her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last year.
She was given life-saving treatment in Britain where she now lives, but the attack galvanised her campaign for greater educational opportunities for girls.
Malala’s brave fight back from her injuries and her speech at the United Nations in July have made her a leading contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.