Malala to get Anne Frank courage award

The Anne Frank Trust is to honour Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani campaigner for women’s education who survived a Taliban assassination attempt.

Malala, who now lives with her family in Birmingham, is to receive the Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage. Her father, Ziauddin, will accept it on her behalf at the trust’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day lunch later this month.

“Malala was referred to in the media as the ‘Anne Frank of Pakistan’ because of the courage and determination she displayed in her fight for education for girls in her native country,” said the trust’s executive director, Gillian Walnes.

“It was her father, a school principal, who encouraged Malala and her friends in their wish for a good education.”

In late 2012, Malala, then 15, was left in a critical condition by extremist gunmen in her native country who opposed her advocacy for girls to receive a proper education. She was brought to London for treatment and her family settled here following further threats.

Other guests at the lunch will include Rwandan genocide survivor Liliane Umbuyeyei, BBC news director James Harding and Maajid Nawaz, director of the anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation.

Last updated: 11:45am, January 13 2014