Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head by the Taliban, praised efforts made by Nigerian campaigners to raise awareness around the abduction of more than 200 girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Speaking during a visit to the country, Malala said: "We thank you so much for telling the world that this is happening here, not only just knowing but also to tell the world that they stand up with you".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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."
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.
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