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Malala: 'West's music treats women as objects'

Malala Yousufzai has been adjusting to life in Britain Photo: PA Images

Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban, has criticised the way pop music represents women.

In an interview with The Observer Magazine, the 17-year-old campaigner says most female artists in the West have accepted that they should be "treated like objects".

What I get a bit angry about is the image of women. It gets quite difficult for me when I listen to pop music. I don't often understand the words, but when someone translates them to me, I think, 'What is this song representing? That women are just there to be treated like objects?'

Most of the time they do not even make sense. And the thing is that most of the female artists seem to have accepted all this. But they have a role to play.

– malala yousufzai

In her interview, she also spoke about her campaign against female genital mutilation.

She said: "It doesn't happen in Pakistan, so this was the first time I knew about it. People think, 'Oh, everything is good here because it is a developed country,' but I have seen that there are things here that need to be highlighted and solved."

Her story travelled round the world after she survived an assassination attempt in October 2012 when her calls for equal rights angered militants in her homeland of Pakistan.

A bullet narrowly missed her brain and she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she was treated for life-threatening injuries.The schoolgirl has settled into a new life in the city with her family, but revealed she has been shocked by some aspects of Western culture.