Malala wins Children’s Peace Prize

AFP-JIJI

Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by a Taliban militant last October after campaigning for girls’ right to education, has won the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize, KidsRights announced Tuesday.

The Pakistani 16-year-old will receive the award from 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and women’s rights campaigner Tawakkol Karman at a ceremony in The Hague on Sept. 6.

Malala’s brave fight back from her injuries and her speech at the United Nations in July have made her a leading contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch-based KidsRights Foundation, was launched in 2005 and carries a cash value of €100,000 ($133,000) that is invested in projects relating to the winner’s cause.