Mexico to give equality prize to Malala

By AFP
Published: November 25, 2013
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Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY: Mexico said it will award its 2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination to Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) gunmen for championing girls’ rights to education.

The award seeks to recognise Malala’s efforts for “the protection of human rights” and especially her fight to protect the right to education without discrimination on “grounds of age, gender, sex and religion,” Mexico’s official National Council to Prevent Discrimination said in a statement.

The award ceremony is planned for early 2014.

The 16-year-old, who survived a gunshot wound to the head in 2012, has become a global ambassador for the rights of children.

She is currently living in Britain, where she underwent surgery after the attack.

Malala, who since age 11 has written a blog about girls’ right to education, has written an autobiography, addressed the United Nations and set up a fund to help girls around the world go to school and promote universal access to education.

Last week, she was awarded the European Union’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony significantly held on World Children’s Day.

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  • csmann
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:45AM

    Another heart-burn to Taliban,cyber-Taliban,taliban-apologists. Way to go , Malala!!!

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  • Khurram
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:45AM

    Godd news…way to go MalalaRecommend

  • Shaista
    Nov 25, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Attending all these award ceremonies ( mostly in weekdays), I wonder what would be the attendence percentage of yours Malala at your school in your Birmingham?

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  • Fareed
    Nov 25, 2013 - 12:40PM

    Travelling the whole world – i wonder whether she gets a honorary school certificate instead of actually attending classes – JustAsking

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  • Ramsha
    Nov 25, 2013 - 1:37PM

    God bless you malala.

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  • Cyrus
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:41PM

    wellsaid by some1: …”and we dont have anything to offer to our heros”. Congrats Malala. Best wishes for you.

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  • Ghostrider
    Nov 25, 2013 - 2:56PM

    I have studied till post graduation amongst strikes, target killings, sectarian violence. I deserve scholarship atleast.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Nov 25, 2013 - 3:59PM

    What actually she has done???Recommend

  • Zara
    Nov 25, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Awards all the time…. Let her study ;)Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Nov 25, 2013 - 5:19PM

    Malala should take a break & resume normal life. She may be at the verge of over-exposure that is not a good thing.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Nov 25, 2013 - 5:30PM

    “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • azmat khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 6:26PM

    Congrats Malala. You were born to rise and fly high.Dust in the mouths of Taliban and their supporters.

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  • Sara Khan
    Nov 25, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Drama…she is missing alot of classes in her own school while roaming around the world. Not a good message when you claim to promote education.

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  • Khurrum
    Nov 26, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Teen celebrity who stood against the Terrorist Govt of world who promotes hate and fascism in name of Islam and Nationalism .

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