Girl who took on Taliban honored with Okla. award
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum honored a father-daughter education advocacy team with the Reflections of Hope Award Monday.
Malala, 15, and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, received the award for their work educating children.
Ziauddin came to Oklahoma City to accept the award.
In Oct. of 2012, Taliban members boarded a Pakistan school bus and shot 15-year-old Malala, a proponent for the education of Pakistani girls.
They shot her in the head and neck but she survived and is recovering in Birmingham, England where she and her family moved after the attack.
According to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Malala has since received a number of honors, from her nomination by Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize to winning Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
Former British Prime Minister and current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Malala’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanded that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015.