LONDON: Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist, who was shot in the head by militant organisation Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for campaigning for girls’ education, has been named one of 2013’s Glamour Women of the Year.
Gunmen from the TTP had shot Malala, now 16, in the head in her home town in Swat last October after she had campaigned for the right of girls to go to school. She was given life-saving treatment in Britain, where she now lives with her family.
Malala was also a favourite among experts and betting agencies for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 but lost it to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Despite losing out on the Nobel Prize, she has won a string of awards. Earlier last month, the European Parliament awarded Malala Yousufzai the prestigious $65,000 Sakharov prize. Rights group Amnesty International had also awarded its highest honour to the 16-year-old advocate for girls’ education. In October, the Canadian government also announced its decision to grant honorary Canadian citizenship to Malala.
Her profile has risen steadily, and she released a memoir in October, ”I Am Malala,” that was co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb.
Glamour magazine normally waits until December to name its recipients but in honour of “Day of the Girl,” it decided to announce that Malala is one of its 2013 Women of the Year.
Malala Fund will be the recipient of money raised by the Women of the Year Fund initiative which will help to support girls’ education globally.