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Nobel Prize says women have right to education, despite those who ban it


At 17, education activist Malala Yousafzai is youngest person to win Nobel Peace Prize. And arguably one of the bravest.

The Pakistani teenager was just 15 when she was shot in the head on a school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman — punishment for her campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in the Swat Valley of Pakistan.

Since then she has become a global emblem of the struggle for female education in developing countries, with her campaigning effort celebrated on television and detailed through her own memoir.

A role model for women across the globe, Malala has inspired young girls and female leaders from all corners of the world to persist with a passion and a purpose against all odds in regimes and cultures where education for females is considered pointless, and even evil.

Malala won the prize for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education.

We are very proud to see a young, passionate business woman become the youngest ever winner of the prize. Not only another example to girls that “anything is possible”, but also a clear demonstration of bravery in the face of life-threatening circumstances.

In a statement, the Nobel committee said: “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations”.

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai sends a clear message to regimes that continue to withhold education from girls and women — effectively keeping them subservient and subjugated, without the capacity to enter careers and business. And that message is: stop.

If you haven’t already, take the time to meet Malala Yousafzai

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