NEW YORK: Pakistan’s teenage education activist Malala Yousufzai were declared winners of this year’s of the prestigious ‘Clinton Global Citizens Awards’.
The award was presented in a special ceremony during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, where a large number of top business, government, and civil society leaders convened.
The Clinton Global Citizen Awards were launched in 2007 to honour outstanding individuals for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues.
“Instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries which are suffering from terrorism, send books, instead of sending tanks send pens,” she urged, her hair modestly covered by a scarf as she took part in the first anniversary of the Global Education First initiative at the United Nations in New York.
In October last year, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Swat as she was on her way to school in her usual bus in an attack that drew worldwide condemnation.
“Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers,” Malala argued at an event attended by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Croatian premier Ivo Josipovic.
“We want women to be independent … and to have equal rights as men have,” Malala said on Wednesday.
“We believe in equality and to give equality to women is justice,” she added, receiving resounding applause. “We are here to find a solution for all these problems that we are facing.”
Malaka Yousufzai also called on Nawaz Sharif at a meeting on “Education for All” hosted by Gordon Brown.
She was accompanied by former UK PM Gordon Brown who is UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown in New York, were also present.
Sharif said that education is a high national priority. His government is committed to achieving all Millennium Development Goals including the goal of universal primary education.
The prime minister thanked Gordon Brown for his continued support to the government’s efforts to promote education in Pakistan.
Talking to Malala Yousufzai‚ the Prime Minister said that like all Pakistani daughters‚ she was like his daughter. He said she would be made an ambassador for education in Pakistan.