Malala Yousafzai graduates from Oxford University

Malala Yousafzai graduates from Oxford University
Malala Yousafzai remained public eye since she was shot by the Taliban. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Pakistan born Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban, has expressed her “joy and gratitude” at graduating from Oxford.

The 22-year-old survived a shot to the head by Taliban soldiers in her homeland in Pakistan, studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Lady Margaret Hall.

“I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep,” Malala tweeted earlier.

She was attacked for saying girls should be allowed to stay in education.

Ms Yousafzai shot in the head, neck and shoulder while travelling home from school after writing an anonymous diary about life under the extremists.

After surviving from her near-fatal injuries, she and her family relocated to Birmingham, UK.

In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever to win it, at the age of 17. She won the prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. Three years later she accepted a place to study at Oxford.

She tweeted two pictures as she announced the news that she completed her degree.

In one, she is celebrating with her family in front of a graduation cake and the other was taken after a “trashing”, a tradition at the university where students are covered with food and confetti after completing their exams.

Malala Yousafzai said her current plans were ‘Netflix, reading and sleep’. Source: Malala

Malala Yousafzai first came to attention in 2009 after she wrote an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan.

She was shot when gunmen boarded her school bus on the way to school in the Swat Valley.

Since then, she has remained in the public eye, addressed the UN General Assembly and published an autobiography.

In completing a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, Yousafzai joins some of the world’s top leaders, including current Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Announcing her of winning the noble prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, paid tribute to Malala’s achievements, saying: “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations.”

“This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”