The young Pakistani girl who rose to fame when she survived a Taliban assassination attempt has won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, which honors freedom of thought.
Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old activist, was for years a vocal advocate for girls’ education in the Muslim world. She was riding on a school bus in Pakistan when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head one year ago. She survived the wound, recovered in England, and has become a worldwide figure advocating universal education. She is considered a finalist for the Nobel Peace Prize, to be awarded Friday.
In awarding the Sakharov Prize, which is worth about $67,000, European Parliament President Martin Schulz called Yousafzai a “brave advocate for education” who “reminds us of our duty toward children and especially girls.”