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Pakistani teenage activist to visit

Published:Wednesday | July 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Malala Yousafzai

PORT-OF-SPAIN, CMC:

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai, will visit Trinidad on July 31.

This was confirmed on Monday in a news release from the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training.

Yousafzai gained worldwide attention in 2012, when a Taliban gunman, who opposed the teenager's advocacy for women's rights to education, entered the school bus in which she was travelling and shot her in the head.

She survived the attack and went on to continue her advocacy work, most recently campaigning for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.

Malala has received numerous awards for her work as an activist, including the National Youth Peace Prize, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice and International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination among others.

Her birthday, July 12, has been named "Malala Day".