Malala Yousafzai wins Sakharov Prize

London, Oct 10: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager attacked by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for human rights, the BCC 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.

The Sakharov Prize is awarded by the European Parliament annually.

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 had risen to prominence in 2009 when she wrote a blog for the BBC Urdu service on girls' education.


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