16-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Wins EU’s Sakharov Human Rights Prize [Photo]
Pakistani schoolgirl and activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. Awarded by the European Parliament annually, The Sakharov Prize for free speech is considered Europe’s top human rights accolade and awards its recipient 50,000 euro ($65,000). The world was first introduced to Malala in 2009 after writing a blog anonymously for the BBC Urdu service about her life under Taliban rule and the lack of education for girls. The Taliban’s Islamist doctrine known as Shariah law imposes severe restrictions on women’s rights. In punishment for her desire to pursue an education, Malala was shot in her head by a 23-year-old Taliban male chemist student as she was riding in a bus with school friends. Since then, Malala’s has relocated to Birmingham, in the UK.
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