Malala Receives Peace Award: 'I Don't Want To Be The Girl Shot By The Taliban'

Category: Daily Promo / Aug 21, 2013 9:25AM EDT

Ireland recognised Malala Yousafzai's campaign work for education by presenting her with the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award on Tuesday (August 20).

Yousafzai, now 16, was shot at close range by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 as she left school in Swat Valley in north-western Pakistan. She was targeted for her campaign against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education.

"People know me as the girl who was shot by the Taliban. But I don't want to be the girl that was shot by the Taliban, I want to be the girl who fought for the rights of every child - whether girl or boy - their right of education and their right of equality," she told the audience in Tipperary.

Malala was flown to Britain for treatment and has not returned to Pakistan since due to persistent Taliban threats against her.

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