MEP Martina Anderson congratulates Malala Yousafzai on Sakharov award

Speaking from Strasbourg this morning Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson extended her warmest congratulations to Malala Yousafzai who is the recipient of this year’s Sakharov human rights prize and looks forward to her visit to the Parliament in Strasbourg next month

Martina Anderson commented:

“Malala Yousafzai is a very courageous young person who fought valiantly for girls and women’s rights to education in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where the Taliban regime had banned girls from attending school. After a failed assassination attempt on her life by Taliban gunmen in October 2012, she became the symbol of the fight for girls and women’s rights to education across the globe.

“I welcome the awarding of the Sakharov prize to Malala Yousafzai, in recognition of her courage and determination to improve the lives of girls and women in her native country and across the world.”