Teenage icon: Rome again honours Malala, father collects reward

Published: December 30, 2012
Malala’s father is a former teacher and headmaster. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Malala’s father is a former teacher and headmaster. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


The city government of Rome has conferred a peace and humanitarian action award upon child activist Malala Yousafzai, a press release said on Saturday.

Last month, Malala was also honoured with honorary citizenship of Rome (Sittadino Romano) and the Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy Tehmina Janjua received the document on her behalf, the press release said.

Angela Stiena

Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno gave the 2012 edition of the Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action to Ziauddin Yousafazai on behalf of his daughter at a ceremony on December 20, it said.


“We love Malala for her great cause and fight for the rights female education. She is no more an individual, we are all with her.” Angela Stiena, a human rights activist in Italy told The Express Tribune via telephone.

The Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action is given to persons or organisations, Italian or foreign for promoting human rights, speaking out against violence and promoting peace.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2012.


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  • yousaf
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:03PM

    Please Romans don’t expect any thanks from us for the reward you have given to one of OUR daughters for being desirous to get education but got a bullet instead.We are not a thankless people but we are sorry to have not understood what she was asking for


  • Asim
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:38PM

    People forget how brave the father was that he openly let her daughter speak out against the Taliban even though the Taliban had already threatened to attack them.


  • Marya
    Dec 30, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Malala Yousafzai is a role model for pakistanis today. Though its a shame most of us are too blinded by our hate for america and by our hate for israel to take notice of this wonderful girl. She deserves all the awards she can get, because she has the bravery most grown pakistani men lack.


  • Ali S
    Dec 30, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Brace yourself for hateful comments from those vying for foreign citizenship themselves. Good on Malala though, I hope her father is wise enough to make good use of this opportunity and get her a quality education abroad instead of risking her life for publicity in this hopeless nation – at least until she becomes an adult


  • Chimichanga
    Dec 30, 2012 - 7:20PM

    I hope she wins Man Booker prize as well.


  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Dec 30, 2012 - 9:21PM

    The Malala tragedy was a turning point for promoting education particularly female but in Islamabad no body cares. Out of 49 millions illiterate adults in Pakistan, two-third are women…simply pathetic.


  • yousaf
    Dec 31, 2012 - 12:49AM

    @Liaqat Yousufzai:::Since the tragic death of ARFA KAREEM last January and the shooting incident of MALALA I have had to read and listen some such disgusting and irresponsible comments,by the ignorants of the plight of these girls that I decided just to keep shut because I felt that there was no good to be had in argument with these nuts.But as you have spoken the same thing I wanted to point out I may add that these two girls had/have nothing to loose rather they could be presented as role models for the 49+million children of their age.So as to be encouraged to get educated for a better future,for them and for their country as a whole.What is more tragic is the fact that these girls are being recocgnised as icons all over the world,except in the country they wanted or want to serve


  • Dec 31, 2012 - 10:49AM

    i wish her early health so that she continues her education and noble work. Maay Allah save her from all evils and give her long life and health and many more successes.


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