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PRESS CREDENTIAL APPLICATION: NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER’S 2014 LIBERTY MEDAL CEREMONY
WHO: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai
WHAT: Will be presented with the 2014 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
WHERE: National Constitution Center
DETAILS: The 26th annual Liberty Medal Ceremony will recognize 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai for her continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties.
Malala Yousafzai is the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The youngest Nobel Laureate ever, Malala was awarded the Nobel peace prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist, for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The Nobel Committee said that, “despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”
Ms. Yousafzai came to international attention at the age of 11 by writing for the BBC about life under the Taliban in her native Pakistan. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. For her outspokenness, Ms. Yousafzai received Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year.
In October 2012, Ms. Yousafzai was the target of an assassination plot by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and, undeterred by the continued threats to her life and the lives of her family members, continued to campaign for education. She was one of four runners-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2013. She was awarded the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, which is given every five years and has previously been bestowed on such notable recipients as Nelson Mandela, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ms. Yousafzai continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund (malalafund.org), a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through education to achieve their potential and change their communities.