Malala Yousafzai: Teen shot by Taliban receives award in Boston

Malala Yousafzai gives a speech after receiving the "Leadership in Civil Society" award at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 (CGI) in New York September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE)
Malala Yousafzai gives a speech after receiving the Leadership in Civil Society award from the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 25. Credit: Reuters

A 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her work advocating for girls’ education was at the JFK Library in Boston on Saturday to receive an award for her humanitarian work.

Malala Yousafzai, whose memoir “I Am Malala” was published Tuesday, spoke at a forum sponsored by the nonprofit, which honors President John F. Kennedy. She was given a bronze bust of Kennedy for her work in education advocacy.

In October 2012, a member of the Tablian attempted to assassinate Yousafzai, then 14, as she rode a school bus home. She was given a 70 percent chance of survival, and has since made a full recovery.

Yousafzai recently became the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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