Educational teenage activist Yousafzai Malala has won the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize 2013 announced by Kids Right on Tuesday. Malala was shot by a Taliban militant last October for campaigning for girl’s right to education.
The 16-year-old girl from Pakistan will receive the award from 2011 Nobel Prize winner and women’s campaigner Tawakkol Karman at a function in The Hague on September 6, said Kids Right, an Amsterdam based organisation.
"By awarding the 2013 International Children's Peace Prize... KidsRights shines the spotlight on a brave and talented child who has demonstrated special dedication to children's rights," it added.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl was shot in the head at point blank by Taliban while travelling in a school bus in Pakistan last October. She was taken to Britain for treatment as she was in a very critical condition, but later improved at the hospital. She was nominated for this year’s Nobel Prize.
She has become a heroine to teenagers throughout the world and she addressed the United Nations Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in July. The International Children's Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch-based KidsRights Foundation, was launched in 2005 by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome.
The prize money is about 100,000 euros ($133,000) which will be invested in the projects based on winner’s cause. Last year, a 13-year-old boy Cris Kesz was the winner for his work on the street children in Philippines while he himself was a destitute.
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