Meanwhile, terrorism receives another slap in the face Harvard University steps in to hand Malala yet another well deserved honour for standing up to Godless men.
The 16-year-old Malala said she hopes to become a politician because lawmakers can have influence on a broad scale. Shot in the head last October, Malala was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban.
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Malala Yousafzai speaks during a news conference on the Harvard University campus on Friday.
Malala Yousafzai, an outspoken proponent for girls’ education, was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.
Malala was shot in the head last October. Militants said she was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban, not because of her views on education.
Malala shakes hands with Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.
The 16-year-old Malala said she hopes to become a politician because politicians can have influence on a broad scale.
She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley, and said she hopes to return someday. She called it a “paradise” but described a dangerous area where militants blew up dozens of schools and sought to discourage girls from going to school by snatching pens from their hands. Students, she said, reacted by hiding their books under their shawls so people wouldn’t know they were going to school.
“The so-called Taliban were afraid of women’s power and were afraid of the power of education,” she told hundreds of students, faculty members and well-wishers who packed Harvard’s ornate Sanders Theater for the award ceremony.
Malala addresses students and faculty after receiving the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.
Malala highlighted the fact that very few people spoke out against what was happening in her home region.
“Although few people spoke, but the voice for peace and education was powerful,” she said.
Malala waves to onlookers after speaking at a news conference on the Harvard campus.
Malala also described waking up in a United Kingdom hospital, where she was taken for emergency treatment following the assassination attempt in Pakistan.
“And when I was in Birmingham, I didn’t know where I was, I didn’t know where my parents are, I didn’t know who has shot me and I had no idea what was happening,” she said. “But I thank God that I’m alive.”
“Your courage,” Jagland said in the tribute, “is sending a strong message to women to stand up for their rights, which constitutes a precondition for peace.”