Malala Gets Her Degree, Looks Forward to Netflix

Young Nobel prize winner graduates from Oxford
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 19, 2020 10:21 AM CDT
Take That, Taliban: Malala Graduates Oxford
This photo released Feb. 26, 2020, by the Malala Fund shows climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai as they meet in Oxford, England.   (Taylor Royle/Malala Fund via AP)

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education, has completed her degree at Oxford University. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, now 22, posted images on Twitter of her celebration early Friday upon completing a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, per the AP. The human rights campaigner is covered in confetti in one image and surrounded by her family in another. “Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now,’’ she wrote. “I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading, and sleep.”

The milestone was hard earned. Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban for her relentless objections to the group’s regressive interpretation of Islam that limits girls’ access to education. In 2012, she was shot while returning home from school in Pakistan’s scenic Swat Valley. Malala traveled to the English city of Birmingham for medical treatment and her family eventually joined her. She went back to school as soon as she could but kept campaigning for the right to an education for others. (Malala is a regular on most-admired-women lists.)

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