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Malala to become honorary member of DIT students’ union

Malala Yousufzai grabbed worldwide headlines last year when she survived an attempted assassination in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

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THE PAKISTANI TEENAGER whose activism and subsequent survival from an assassination attempt caught worldwide attention last year is to be given an honorary membership from students at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

Malala Yousufzai will be honoured by DIT’s Students’ Union (DITSU) at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday evening, eight months after she survived being shot in the head at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman in the Swat Valley.

The attack drew worldwide condemnation and attention to her activism.

Malala began writing a blog when she was 11, charting her life under the Taliban in the Swat Valley and her cause has been taken up by millions worldwide since the shooting.

The 15-year-old has been recovering from her injuries in recent months, undergoing surgery at a hospital in Birmingham, England last year.

She said in February that she had been given a “second life” to campaign for girls to have the right to go to school.

Her honorary membership will be accepted by the deputy head of mission at the Pakistani Embassy in Dublin, Ahmad Hussain Dayo, at a ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm.

Video: Malala says she has been given a “second life” to keep campaigning

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