Inspirational Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai to make rare public appearance in Leeds

INSPIRATIONAL Taliban victim and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will make a rare public appearance in Leeds this summer, it was announced today.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 9:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 9:57 am
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

Ms Yousafzai, who is an advocate for education world-wide, will speak on stage about her life and experiences and take part in a Q&A session with the audience, at Leeds Arena in August. It will be one of only two such appearances in Britain this year.

In October 2012, the then 15-year-old Ms Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban while travelling home from school on the bus with her friends in her home- town of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan.

Following the attack, she was flown to Birmingham to receive treatment at the specialist Queen Elizabeth hospital, and by March 2013 she had made a remarkable recovery and was well enough to return to school.

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Now living in Birmingham with her family, she continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Since the attack, she has become internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continuing her fight for the right of everyone to receive an education.

In 2014 she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and has been named one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

She is also the author of the international best seller I am Malala. A documentary entitled He Named Me Malala by American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim was released on 2 October 2015.

Tickets for the Leeds appearance, on Sunday, August 7, go on sale this Friday.