Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani education advocate, on 30 June 2014 won the 2014 Liberty Medal given by the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, US.
She won the medal for her continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties
Malala, the youngest recipient of medal in 25-year history, will receive the award at a ceremony to be held at the centre in Philadelphia on 21 October 2014.
About Malala Yousafzai
• Malala is the survivor of a shot of Taliban at an age of 15. She was shot in October 2012 while advocating for education of girls
• Malala is also the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize
• She was one of the four runner-ups for the Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2013
• She is also the winner of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize that is given every five years
About Liberty Medal
The Liberty Medal is an annual medal established in 1988 and is given by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. It is given to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.
The medal is being awarded since 1989 and the first recipient of the medal was Polish Solidarity founder Lech Walesa.
Some other recipients of the medal are Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter, South African leader Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Shimon Peres, Colin Powell and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The 2013 Liberty Medal was awarded to the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Chairman of the National Constitution Centre - Florida Gov Jeb Bush
Who: Malala Yousafzai
When: 30 June 2014