Malala awarded Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistan’s teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot by the Taliban for fighting girls’ rights to education, was today awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

The 16-year-old who has become an emblem of the fight against the most radical forms of Islamism has also been nominated for the Nobel peace prize.

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban on October 9 last year for speaking out against them and has gone on to become a global ambassador for the right of all children to go to school.

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