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Sakharov Prize For Malala

Sakharov Prize For Malala

Sakharov Prize For Malala

London : Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education in her countgry, has won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for human rights, the BBC reported Thursday.

The Sakharov Prize, worth about 50,000 euros (about $67,000), is awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov for promoting human right issues.

When 16-year-old Malala was riding a bus home from school a year ago, a Taliban gunman climbed aboard and shot her in the head for campaigning for better rights for girls.

Malala rose to prominence in 2009 when she wrote a blog for the BBC Urdu service on girls’ education.

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