SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed today’s news that 17 year-old Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The teen activist, shot by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan in 2012 for her support of girls’ education, subsequently received treatment for her injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Mr Durkan, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, tabled and co-sponsored a parliamentary motion at the time condemning the ‘cowardly and cruel shooting’ of Malala.
He said: “I am delighted that Malala has become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
“She has proved herself to be a strong and compelling advocate for education as emancipation.
“She is also a great witness for tolerance and acceptance.
“Malala was targeted for her courage in campaigning against the Taliban and for education as a basic right for girls.
“I am delighted that she has continued in her brave fight to see development programmes for the worlds’ poorest inclusive of – and prioritising – the education of girls.”