Dublin: Malala Yosuafzai, a teenage Pakistani education activist who survived assassination attempt by Taliban last year, has been awarded a prestigious peace prize of for her courage and determination.
She received Tipperary International Peace Award at a ceremony in Ireland’s province Tipperary on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old education advocate was shot in head by Taliban in her hometown Swat Valley in October last year as a punishment of advocating girl’s education and lauding voice against the offenses committed by Taliban during the occupation of valley.
The insurgents, who had imposed Sharia law in the region, banned girls’ schooling and bombed scores of women educational institutions. The girls’ education activity revived in the valley after Pakistan army launched the decisive operation against insurgents and wiped them out of region.
Delivering her speech before an audience of around 200 in the award ceremony at the Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary, Malala appealed governments across the globe to change laws that discriminate against women and expressed the resolve that she will continue to work for the expansion of education worldwide.
Malal said she didn’t want to be remembered as a girl who was attacked by Taliban, but instead as the person who had fought girls’ right of education.
She also said the Pakistani nation is stanch, peace loving and education loving and vowed to visit her homeland soon.
Malala also urged the Irish people to visit Swat valley, a great masterpiece of nature which was the heart of global tourists before becoming the Taliban stronghold. The tourism activity in the valley is resurrecting gradually following the ouster of insurgents.
Malala is also a nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.