Liberty Medal Goes to Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban

Malala Yousafzai remains an outspoken advocate for girls’ education.

The National Constitution Center on Sunday announced that the 2014 Liberty Medal will go to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who rose to prominence as an advocate for female education in her country — and was shot by the Taliban for her efforts.




Ms. Yousafzai came to international attention at the age of eleven by writing for the BBC about life under the Taliban in her native Pakistan. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. For her outspokenness, Yousafzai received the Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year. In October 2012, Yousafzai was the target of an assassination plot by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and undeterred by the continued threats to her life and the life of her family, continued to campaign for education.

Ms. Yousafzai is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and was one of four runners-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2013. Addressing the United Nations on her 16th birthday, Yousafzai told the audience that “one child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” She was awarded the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, which is given every five years and has previously been bestowed on such notable recipients as Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Previous winners of the Liberty Medal include Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Colin Powell, and Sandra Day O'Connor.

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  • billmedicare

    Figures they would give it to a damn muslim! Other people are more worthy than a damn muslim!

    • Whatwhatwhat?

      Don’t worry, I’m sure your good friend Cliven Bundy was a close 2nd.

      • billmedicare

        Truth hurt libtuerd? or should we start beheading you muslim lovers in the u s like they are doing to the Christians in Nigeria so you a z z clowns get the message ?

        • Whatwhatwhat?

          Which truth are you referring to?

          The truth that this little girl has done more to fight radical Islam in her life then you will ever do sitting on your couch watching Fox News and posting hate anonymously?

          The truth that this Muslim child has done more to advance Christ’s teachings of love, compassion, and peace then “convenience Christians” like you will ever give back to the world?

          Or, do you mean the basic truth that Pakistan and Nigeria are actually two different countries on two different continents?

          • billmedicare

            Oh sorry libtuerd. Guess you didn’t read about the Christians being killed in Pakistan either did you loser? Your just deflecting the line away from what I said . Just another libtuerd full of fecal matter is all you are

          • Whatwhatwhat?

            Stellar response. I’m sure you had to push your intellectual boundaries really far to come up with that “fecal matter” line. Better take a rest before your brain overheats.

            Kids: This is what happens to your brain when you watch too much Fox News.

          • billmedicare

            Liberals . Splooge drinking Obama sucking fools of America. At least I do not walk around telling lies all day and am more well educated about what is going on in the world than you are. It is really sad that you liberals can walk around telling lies all day and be able to live with yourselves. A sad pathetic life you losers must be living

          • Whatwhatwhat?

            Absolutely. Your superior education and keen intellect are obvious when reading those previous responses. Between the broken run-on sentences and other grammatical errors, confusing Nigeria for Pakistan, and creative invention of the term “libtuerd” I can’t imagine why anyone would question your intelligence.

            Shouldn’t you be prepping for your 1pm spinal fusion surgery?

          • billmedicare

            You are typical liberal fecal material. When you lose the battle you a z z clowns resort to attacking people for grammar. Your a low life gutter dwelling doick sucking loser

          • Whatwhatwhat?

            *You’re