Malala Yousafzai Receives Liberty Medal

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, becomes the seventh Liberty Medal winner to also win the Nobel Peace Prize.


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Tuesday night this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, was awarded Philadelphia’s Liberty Medal. Militants attempted to assassinate the Pakistani teen for her efforts to promote girls’ education. Yousafzai is now 17 years old.

Yousafzai is the seventh Liberty Medal winner to also receive the Nobel Peace Prize. “I accept this award on behalf of all the children around the world who are struggling to get an education,” she said when she was awarded the medal. It comes with a $100,000 prize.


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She had blogged under a pseudonym for the BBC about life under the Taliban before becoming a worldwide advocate for opportunities in education for women. Yousafzai now lives with her family in Britain, where she went for treatment after the assassination attempt.

Yousafzai recently met with President Obama, telling him she believed drone strikes would not end terrorism and that investing in education opportunities would be a better way to improve impoverished nations.

Check HughE Dillon’s The Scene for more photos from the event later this morning.

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