NEW YORK: Malala Yousafzai is among the world’s most influential people, according to a list published by the Time magazine on Saturday.
Malala, 16, is the only Pakistani on the list of people, who according to the magazine have inspired others around the world.
The list also includes a profile by another star, explaining why the person deserves a spot.
The tribute to Malala is written by former US Congressswoman Gabrielle Gifford, who was shot in the head in Tuscon, Arizona, in 2011, in which she praises the Pakistani activist’s courage and resilience.
Gifford wrote for Time that she, like many people, draws inspiration and strength from Malala Yousafzai, who was also shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012.
“Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence.”
“I have seen courage in many places, but Malala’s courage is uncommon,” Giffords wrote.
In July, Malala spoke at the UN and reminded viewers that everyone’s voice matters in the fight for education. “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”
The teen activist, who published her first book I Am Malala in October, was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last year.
Giffiord wrote, “I have seen courage in many places in the thousands of our nation’s military members I have met and represented; in those who ran toward the gunfire in a Safeway parking lot on January 8, 2011; and in our leaders who take the tough votes because it’s the right thing to do, but Malala’s courage is uncommon.”
“In the face of oppression and bitter injustice, she demands education and opportunity. In the face of violence from the hands of cowards, she refuses to back down.”
Malala was also selected to write the profile of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, a potential presidential candidate in the next election, who also figures on the list of world’s most influential people, calling her “a symbol of strength for women across the world”.
The Pakistani activist wrote, “It was she (Clinton) who famously said, ‘Women’s rights are human rights’. She not only spoke those words, but also dedicated her life to empowering women around the world through politics and philanthropy. She has been a source of strength for many women, including myself, my family and those who stood by me after I was attacked.”
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