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

Malala Yousufzai has been adjusting to life in Britain Credit: 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".

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.