ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head last year by militants for campaigning for girls' education has won another human rights award.
The award is named for a murdered Russian journalist and is presented each year to a female human rights defender by group RAW in WAR.
According to RAW in WAR, they chose 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai "for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared, for her strength to give a voice to the many women and girls, whose voices cannot be heard, and for her passionate belief in promoting education for girls." Malala Yousafzai was declared winner of the Anna Politkovskaya Award and received the award in London from 104 years old Nicholas Winton, who rescued Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Holland based NGO Kids Rights Foundation has recently given Malala Yousafzai an International Children Peace Prize and she is also nominated for the Nobel Prize that is to be given on October 11.
Malala Yousafzai, born 12 July 1997 was a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the militants had at times banned girls from attending school.
The militants shot Malala Yousafzai in the head in last October and she flew to Britain for surgery for her head injuries and returned to school in Birmingham in March. The attack on the 16 years old girl drew worldwide condemnation and she spoke at the United Nations to call for worldwide access to education in July 2013. (end) KUNA 051450 Oct 13NNNN