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    HERO

    Malala Is Youngest Nobel Winner Ever

    The Pakistani teenager shares the award with the Indian children’s campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.

    Malala Yousafzai has won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 for her courageous, and near fatal, campaign to secure education for girls. She is by far the youngest recipient since the awards began more than a century ago, and she insisted on Friday that her work had only just begun.

    The Pakistani campaigner, who survived an assassination attempt at the age of 15, will share the $1 million prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of children.

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    Challenges

    Malala’s Book Launch Cancelled

    Some say book release in Pakistan shut down over security reasons, others suspect censorship.

    Today’s scheduled book launch event of Malala Yousafzai's memoir in Pakistan has been cancelled due to a "direct intervention" from the local authorities, Dr. Khadim Hussain told the BBC. Hussein, who helped organize the reading with the with the Bacha Khan Education Trust, claimed governmental authorities put pressure on the organizers to cancel the event. Imran Kahn, head of the political party that runs the province, tweeted this morning: "am at a loss 2 understand why Malala's book launch stopped in Peshawar. PTI believes in freedom of speech/debate, not censorship of ideas." Yousafzai's memoir details her struggle to gain access to education in Pakistan, a struggle which climaxed when she was shot in the head by Taliban at the age of 14. While police authorities claim the book launch was cancelled due to security concerns, many suspect censorship might be at play. Terror threats are no doubt a legitimate concern, but forced silencing is something Yousafzai already knows too well. 

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    #MALALACHAT

    Malala Yousafzai To Host Twitter Chat

    About empowering girls through education.

    Malala Yousafzai, the young education and women's rights activist who was shot by the Taliban, will host her first Twitter chat on Monday. She will answer questions about using education to empower girls and her new organization, the Malala Fund, which seeks to help girls gain access to school. The chat comes just a couple of weeks before Yousafzai is set to release her first book, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban on Oct. 8. Earlier this month, Yousafzai received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award in Dublin, Ireland.

     

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    THE PAGEMASTER

    Malala Opens British Library

    “Books are precious,” she says.

    Malala Yousafzai, the teen who was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan and has become a beacon for women’s rights, officially opened a library in Birmingham, England. After being shot, she was treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and she considers the city her second home, she said in her opening speech. This is no ordinary library: its colossal collection has 1 million books, more than 200 public-access computers, theaters, an exhibition gallery, and music rooms. Malala says books and education are key to fighting terrorism and promoting peace.

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    SAY AGAIN?

    Quotes Roundup: Huggers and Haters

    This week, everyone seemed to be on the defensive.

    Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis expressed some serious wrath toward Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the Texas abortion restrictions on Thursday. The bill, which goes into effect in October, bans abortions after 20 weeks, based on the disputed claim that fetuses can feel pain, and requires abortions to be done at surgical centers. Only five abortion clinics meet the new requirements. In a released statement, Davis said, “Governor Perry and other state leaders have now taken sides and chosen narrow partisan special interests over mothers, daughters, sisters and every Texan who puts the health of their family, the well-being of their neighbors, and the future of Texas ahead of politics and personal ambitions.”

    In San Diego, which Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy taught us is the classiest of all cities, Mayor Bob Filner was accused of sexual harassment. Filner vehemently denied the claims to San Diego television station KUSI. He refused to resign from office despite calls for him to step down. One woman, a volunteer for Filner’s campaign, alleges that he jammed “his tongue down her throat” and later put “his hand on the inside of her bra.” Even the mayor’s ex-fiancée accuses him of sending women sexually explicit text messages. The mayor has since apologized, but will still headline an event for sexual-assault victims.

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  • Malala Yousafzai addresses an audience at the United Nations in New York on July 12, 2013. (Mary Altaffer/AP, Mary Altaffer)

    The Taliban’s Letter to Malala

    The Daily Beast on the open letter from the Taliban to Malala.

    A senior Taliban commander on Wednesday published an open letter to Malala Yousafzai, in response to her speech at the United Nations on July 12, on the occasion of her 16th birthday.

    The bizarre letter—in parts menacing, in parts almost apologetic—was written by Adnan Rasheed, a senior figure in the Pakistani Taliban who escaped in a prison break last year before vowing to assassinate former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.

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  • Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for girls education who was shot in the head by the Taliban, speaks at the United Nations Youth Assembly on July 12, 2013 in New York City. The United Nations declared July 12, "Malala Day." Yousafzai also celebrates her birthday today. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

    'I SPEAK FOR THOSE WITHOUT A VOICE'

    Malala Addresses the U.N.

    On her 16th birthday.

    What a sweet 16th. In honor of her birthday on Friday, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations to highlight the importance of access to global education. "Here I stand, one girl among many," she began. "I speak not for myself but for those without voice ... those who have fought for their right ... to live in peace, to be treated with dignity, to be educated." Less than a year ago, Malala was the target of a brutal assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen in her native Swat tribal region of Pakistan. The extremists could not tolerate the teenager's simple wish: that she, and other girls in her country, could go to school and learn. "The extremists are afraid of books and pens," Malala continued. "The power of education frightens them." Amid a standing ovation, she called on the leaders of the world to join in her fight. "We want schools and education. No one can stop us. We will speak up for our rights. We believe in the power and strength of our words...our words can change the whole world."

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  • Security personnel stand near a burnt student bus a day after it was destroyed by a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan on June 16, 2013. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty)

    Right to Learn

    Gordon Brown: Malala’s Fight for Girls’ Education in Pakistan Continues

    A horrific bus massacre in Pakistan left 14 female students dead. Gordon Brown on a new petition that aims to ensure all girls can go to school.

    Exactly eight months after Malala Yousafzai was shot with two friends on their school bus, yet another bus massacre by Pakistani militants has killed 14 female students and left dozens injured.

    The full horrifying details are only now just emerging of how the bus carrying more than 40 girls, who had just completed their day's studies at an all-women medical college in the city of Quetta, was blown up after a female suicide bomber hid on the bus.

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    21ST-CENTURY ACTIVISM

    What the Next Generation Can Do

    Jessica Grose reports on how young women and girls are using education and technology to create change.

    Humaira Bachal was just a teenager when she looked around her impoverished Karachi neighborhood at the children roaming the barren streets, and realized that she and her sister were the only ones who were going to school. Bachal’s mother was making sure her daughters got an education, against her father’s wishes. When her father discovered she was going to take a high school entrance exam, he beat her mother. He also beat her. She took the exam anyway. And then, determined to improve the shameful number of girls completing a primary education in Pakistan—only 59 percentBachal she started teaching a handful of local children in her home.

    A decade later, Bachal was sitting on stage in an ornate theater at Lincoln Center in New York, talking about the 1,200-student school she runs in a gang-ridden part of Karachi through the Dream Foundation Trust, which she created and runs. Bachal “doesn’t take any nonsense. And the [local] men respect that,” says documentarian Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (CEO, SOC Films), who made a movie featuring the Pakistani activist and who was also on stage for the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Along with her fellow Pakistani panelist Khalida Brohi (founder and director, Sughar Women’s Program) and of course Malala Yousafzai, all of whom began their education activism as teenagers, Bachal represented a major thread woven through the 2013 summit: the promise of the rising generation of young women activists, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

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    Watch Out, World!

    In a star-studded, moving two days at the fourth Women in the World Summit in New York, women were challenged to demand their rights. Millions more around the globe got the message through social media and the Web.

    Sheryl Sandberg gave us Lean In, her neo-feminist mantra that if women are to get ahead in American society, they need to remain committed to the workplace and not let career take a back seat to family and marriage. Now the fourth annual Women in the World Summit has added to and amended that vocabulary by highlighting how women must, in the words of summit founder and co-host, Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, “lean on”: on corporations, on courts, on governments and clerics, and, above all, on fathers, brothers, boyfriends, and male acquaintances to stop persecuting women and to “safeguard the rights and well-being, and to free up the economic potential, of a full half of all [the world’s] citizens.”

    The summit’s “lean on” message reverberated throughout two days of electrifying panels April 4 and 5 in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. Now in its fourth year, the event—which draws world leaders, top CEOs, firebrand activists, and grassroots organizers to New York to discuss the most pressing global challenges to, and to spotlight the energetic momentum of, the women’s-rights movement today—was sponsored by Toyota, AT&T, Bank of America, the Coca-Cola Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merck for Mothers, Mary Kay, and Thomson Reuters and co-hosted by Brown, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Nizan Guanaes, Julie Hamp, Jane Harman, Maya L. Harris, Lauren Bush Lauren, Ai-jen Poo, Meryl Streep, Melanne Verveer, and Diane von Furstenberg. The event’s social-media hashtag—#wiw13—inundated Twitter and reached more than 18 million people on the first night alone as audiences celebrated the courageous stories shared on stage and broadcast calls-to-arms to their own followers.

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  • Writer, director, actor, and special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, speaks on 'Malala Undaunted' at the Women in the World Summit 2013. (Roxxe Ireland/Marc Bryan-Brown )

    Inspiring

    Angelina Honors Malala

    At the Women in the World Summit, Jolie made an emotional tribute to the young Pakistani activist. By Lloyd Grove

    At the close of the first day of the Women in the World Summit Thursday night, Angelina Jolie presented Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year because of her impassioned advocacy for girls education. Following the horrific attack, Vital Voices, with a donation from the Women in the World Foundation, established the Malala Fund to be directed by the 15-year-old. In a video address, a miraculously healthy-looking Malala announced that she will use the fund to help with the schooling of girls in Pakistan.

    “This is the happiest moment of my life,” Malala told the audience, adding, “If we can educate 40 girls, we can educate 40 million girls.”

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  • (L-R) Tina Brown, Meryl Streep and Hillary Rodham Clinton attend Women in the World: Stories & Solutions at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on March 10, 2012 in New York City. (Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)

    Women in the World

    It’s Summit Time!

    The fourth annual Women in the World Summit kicks off today. From Oprah to Hillary, see who’ll be there.

    “I feel heartened by the progress,” said Melanne Verveer, “but aware that many challenges remain.”

    The former ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues was talking to The New York Times about the state of women’s rights around the world—a topic set to take center stage at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, which Verveer is co-hosting this year. The sold-out event takes place Thursday and Friday at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater and is dedicated to bringing to light the stories of pioneers fighting for the rights of women and girls—from grassroots activists and courageous private citizens to top government officials and CEOs. The event will be live-streamed on The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Channel.

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