Pride Of Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai Receives Harvard Award For Activism

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai listens to a question from the audience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Dec. 6, 2018. Charles Krupa—AP

Pakistan’s pride and Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai has given her country another reason to be proud of her as the prestigious Harvard University honours her work for female education. The 21 years old Malala received 2018’s Gleitsman Award from the Center of Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School for her worldwide campaign to equip girls with 12 years of quality, free and safe education.

Malala received her award at a public ceremony at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2014, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, currently, she is pursuing her education at Oxford University, England.

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The Gleitsman Award provides $125,000 dollars for activism that has elevated the quality of life around the world. Professor of Public Service at Harvard Kennedy School and director for Center for Public Leadership, David Gergen said ‘’Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed’’.

Appreciating Malala’s efforts, he further added ‘’her remarkable story has inspired girls – and boys as well – to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their communities’’.

Gergen added that Alan Gleitsman himself, who was a philanthropist and whose efforts made this awards possible believed in the vision of individual strength and inspired people across the world to stand against injustice. He said that Alan stood with the vision of empowering the next generation of change makers and young leaders and will certainly be pleased by the sight of Malala receiving this award.

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