Malala gets 2013 Humanitarian Award at Harvard


LONDON: (By Steve Austen)– A Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who escaped Taliban assassination attempt has clinched another laurel after being honoured as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year.

She, a voice of girls’ education in Taliban’ stronghold areas, accepted the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust commented that she felt honoured to greet Malala due to their joint interest in education.

Malala received bullet injury in the head last October. Militants announced that she was shot as she was critical of the Taliban.

The 16-year-old Malala was of the opinion that she aspired to be a politician to influence the change on a broad scale.

Speaking nostalgically about home region, Malala hoped to return someday. She characterized it a “Heaven ” but dubbed as a dangerous area where radical militants detonated many schools to terrify girls from going to school.  In a better reply, students started concealing their books under their shawls and kept going to school, she added.

“The so-called Taliban know that education could empower women and make them sit along with them in decision making platforms,” Malala told students, faculty members and well-wishers who participated in Harvard’s ornate Sanders Theater for the award ceremony.

The chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, praised Malala for her courage and work during her award ceremony.

“Your bravery,” Jagland said in the tribute, “is providing a sense of confidence to women to fight for their rights.

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