Published On: Mon, Apr 20th, 2015

Education activist Malala adds another feather to her crown

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Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai made it to Time MagazineÕs 100 Most Influential List for the second time.

Time presented its annual list online on Thursday, naming the most influential people worldwide, including artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons. The list will appear in the April 27 issue of the magazine.

Malala came under international spotlight after Taliban attacked her in Swat for campaigning for girlsÕ education. She received a bullet injury to her head but successfully recovered after undergoing surgery in Britain.

The 17Ðyear-old was once again listed in the ÔIconsÕ category of the list with other renowned personalities, including Pope Franics, writer Haruki Murakami, designer Diane von Furstenburg and others.

Honouring the education activist in the magazine, Mezon Almellehan an Syrian education activist and student, herself, wrote, ÒSpending time with Malala Yousafzai made me stronger. I didnÕt know her before meeting her in ZaÕatari camp last year, but I understand she suffered, and yet she continues to fight for what she believes inÑfor the rights of children and for their education. She is an inspiration for me.Ó

ÒMalala has shown that education is crucial for laying a foundation for girls and boys to have secure lives,Ó she added.

Almellehan was in Oslo to watch Malala receive the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

ÒTo see a young woman recognised with such an award made me realise that yes, I can make a difference, and I have to continue to fight for what I believe inÑthat all girls and boys can bring change to our world,Ó she added.

In October last year, Malala became the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, jointly winning the prestigious annual prize with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi. –Agencies


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