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Malala to meet kidnapped girls who escaped Boko Haram

Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria to support women's rights. Credit: PA

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school but miraculously survived, is to meet some of the kidnapped girls who escaped from Boko Haram

The 17-year-old, who is now a women's rights campaigner, travelled to Nigeria to help draw attention to their cause.

In a statement ahead of what has been dubbed 'Malala Day,' the schoolgirl said: "This Malala Day, I have come to Nigeria to honour the stories of these brave girls who have sacrificed so much to get an education and achieve their dreams."

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant Islamist group in April. Despite repeated pleas for their release many are still being held captive.

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Painting of Malala Yousafzai sells 'for just under' £49K

The portrait of Malala that was sold. at auction in New York. Credit: Jonathan Yeo

An oil painting of Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai was sold for just under £49,000 at an auction in New York.

The portrait, by British artist Jonathan Yeo and entitled Girl Reading, was sold at Christie's for a hammer price of 82,000 US dollars.

The 16-year-old plans to donate the proceeds to Nigerian charities focusing on female education and women's rights.

She has been a vocal activist for women's education and joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for Boko Haram to release the kidnapped schoolgirls.


Malala portrait expected to fetch £48k at auction

The portrait of Malala to be sold Credit: Jonathan Yeo

A portrait of a schoolgirl from Birmingham, who survived being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, is expected to fetch up to £48,000 at auction today.

The portrait of Malala Yousafzai is going under the hammer in New York, with all proceeds going to the Malala Fund, which supports girls' right to education.

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Malala urges action to rescue abducted girls

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and girl's education activist shot by the Taliaban has called for the safe return of more than 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Read: Boko Haram: Who are the radicals terrorising Nigeria?

In an interview with NBC'S Bill Neely, Malala urged the kidnapped girls to "never give up hope" and said what happened to them was "beyond our thinking."

Portrait of Malala to be auctioned for charity

A painting of Malala Yousafzai displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London will be auctioned off next month, with a starting price of almost £36,000.

The painting of Malala will be sold next month Credit: Jonathan Yeo

Auctioneers Christies will put the painting by Jonathan Yeo on the block, with all money raised going to Malala Fund - set up to to support the Birmingham schoolgirl's fight for the right to education.

The painting is expected to fetch between $60,000 (£35,727) and $80,000 (£47,636) at the auction, which will be held on May 14.

Malala Yousufzai given award by West Mids Police

Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai has been given an award by West Midlands Police for her work with the force.

Malala moved to Birmingham after receiving life-saving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for women to have an education in Pakistan.

She has since won numerous awards and was even nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, for overcoming her injuries and continuing her outspoken fight for women's rights.

Today she received her latest accolade, a Chief Constable's Young Person's Award, for her work with the West Midlands force to tackle hate crime.


Malala Yousafzai calls for greater protection for children

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in her native Pakistan after campaigning for the right of girls to be educated. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Malala Yousafzai has called on the Commonwealth to protect children around the world from being exploited through child labour and trafficking.

The schoolgirl activist, who lives in Birmingham, also called for equal rights for women during her address at the Commonwealth Day Observance service at Westminster Abbey.

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in her native Pakistan after campaigning for the right of girls to be educated.

She told the congregation:

"Children face challenges every day in their lives when they go to their schools. In Pakistan, in India and in many parts of Africa there are many barriers to education such as poverty, lack of access, violence and cultural opposition.

"In my opinion it should be the top priority that each country in the commonwealth and all over the world has a 100% attendance of each student whether girl or boy."

Malala has inspired girls worldwide in the year since she left hospital in Birmingham

A year on from Malala Yousafzai's discharge from hospital in Birmingham, Faeeza Vaid, from Muslim Women's Council UK, believes the schoolgirl has encouraged and inspired girls all over the world.

Malala has become an education activist known around the world since she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan, but Faeeza Vaid would like to see her take a small break from campaigning to enjoy life in Birmingham, before going on to further fights.

Malala awarded EU human rights prize

Teenage education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been awarded the EU's Sakhrov Prize for freedom of thought at the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning.

Malala with Phil Bennion MEP and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group Credit: ALDE

Before the ceremony, Malala met with Birmingham MEP, Phil Bennion and members of the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, who nominated her for the prize.

Mr Bennion said:

"Malala is an inspiration for millions. We nominated her for the European Union's highest award not only for her incredible work before she was brutally attacked, but for the tremendous courage she has shown since in continuing to fight for girls' right to education around the world."

Sir Graham Watson, a Liberal Democrat MEP and leader of ALDE, said:

"This prize is not just for Malala but for the millions of other girls and boys worldwide, Muslim and non-Muslim, who like her have been denied their universal right to education. She now personifies the fight for that right with her 'weapons of books and pens'."

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