Malala wins award for defending woman's rights

Malala wins award for defending woman's rights Credit: Vital Voices Handout

Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for defending women's rights, has been presented with an award for her work, set up in memory of a murdered journalist and human rights activist.

Called the Anna Politkovskaya Award, it honours her courage in speaking out on behalf of girls across the world.

It has previously been awarded to Marie Colvin who died covering the war in Syria.

Malala said: “[Anna Politkovskaya] spoke out about causes, which other people dared not speak about. She was brave and an inspiration. I am extremely proud to have been chosen to receive an award, which bears Anna’s name and hope that I may be as brave as she was."