Teen rights activist Malala Yousafzai vowed on Friday to intensify her struggle for “a world where everyone can go to school”.
Speaking at a ceremony in The Hague where she was awarded the 2013 International Children’s Peace Prize, Malala said last October’s Taliban attack on her had made her more determined than ever to continue her campaign.
“I was just one target for their violence,” Malala said in her acceptance speech, referring to her near-fatal shooting when a Taliban gunman’s bullet grazed her brain.
“There are many others for whom we must continue… so that children all over the world can have a right to go to school,” she said to thunderous applause.
Malala, 16, received her prize from the 2011 Nobel Peace laureate, Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman, who told a humbled Malala “you are my hero.”
“You cried: ‘No one can stop me or any girl from learning’,” Karman told Malala, speaking in Arabic in an address praising the Pakistani teen’s achievement.