Malala Yousafzai awarded 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize

- Pakistani

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenage activist was shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls’ right to education. She continued her efforts and has won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize.

She is 16 years old Pakistani girl who is passionate for girls’ education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while on a school bus near her home in 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.

She has already received many honourable prizes.

With the award of 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has proved herself as a brave and talented child who has established special dedication to children’s rights.

She made a successful speech at the United Nations in July. Malala’s courage, fight with injuries and her speech at the United Nations in July have made her a leading candidate for Nobel Peace Prize of 2013.

The International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch based KidsRights Foundation, was launched in 2005 by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome.

It carries a cash value of 100,000 euros ($133,000) that is invested in projects relating to the winner’s cause. Last year’s winner was 13-year-old Cris “Kesz” Valdez for his work with Filipino street children while he himself was destitute.