Malala Yousafzai calls for united efforts for education rights

Edinburgh (Scotland), Oct 20 (IANS) Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for advocating girls' education in her country, has called for united efforts for education rights.

The 16-year-old gave the call during the first public meeting of Global Citizenship commission held at the University of Edinburgh, Xinhua reported.

"We are not afraid. People must be united, they must work together," Yousafzai told the 1,000-strong audience, insisting there should be no stop of her educational campaign even after the attack.

Yousafzai, who met the British Queen at Buckingham Palace in London Friday and spoke about the importance of education, was given an honorary master's degree by the University of Edinburgh.

Last October, the Pakistani girl was shot by Taliban gunmen on her way home from the school in her home town of Mingora in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She survived the assassination and recovered from her wounds later at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham in Britain.

Her story has sparked international outpouring of support, though Taliban threatened to kill her and her father.


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