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Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize

Teenager who now calls Birmingham home came to prominence after being shot by Taliban for education campaign in native Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai during her speech while opening the Library of Birmingham

Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 17-year-old became known across the world after she was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls in Pakistan.

She was later treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Selly Oak and last year officially opened the Library of Birmingham. She still lives in the city.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that she had been jointly awarded the prestigious Peace Prize together with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

In a statement, the committee said: "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.

"This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."

 

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