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Pakistani girl advocate honored by JFK Library

October 12, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A nonprofit that promotes the legacy of President John F. Kennedy is honoring a Pakistani teenager who survived a Taliban assassination attempt on her life for advocating for girls’ education.

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was in Boston on Saturday and spoke at a forum sponsored by the JFK Library Foundation. She received a bronze bust of Kennedy in recognition for her work for the universal right to freedom of education. Foundation board member and Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott presented the honor.

Yousafzai was shot in the head in October 2012 while going home from school. She and her family now live in England. Her memoir “I am Malala” was published last week, when she became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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