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Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai was jointly announced as the recipient of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award presented at a ceremony on 17th September 2013 at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland. This is Amnesty International’s highest honour, recognizing individuals who have promoted and enhanced the cause of human rights through their life and by example.
Malala Yousafzai, 16, is an advocate for equal access to education. Her 2009 diary for the BBC detailed her frustrations with the Taliban’s edict to shut down all girls’ schools in her native Pakistan. n 2012 she was shot and severely wounded in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.
On receiving the accolade Malala Yousafzai said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award and would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that there are many millions of children like me across the world who fight every single day for their right to go to school. I hope that by working together we will one day realise our dream of education for every child, in every corner of the world.”
Malala was jointly honoured alongside American singer, human rights and social justice activist Harry Belafonte who has dedicated his life to humanitarian causes, spanning the civil rights movement to the plight of children caught in Syria’s armed conflict.