Malala Yousafzai to be honoured with Harvard leadership award


The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School will bestow the 2018 Gleitsman Award to Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai for her global movement to equip girls with 12 years of free, quality, and safe education.

Speaking on the subject, professor of public service at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Center for Public Leadership David Gergen said “Malala speaks powerfully to the strength and perseverance of women and girls who are oppressed.”

“Her remarkable story has inspired girls — and boys as well — to follow in her footsteps and has activated a generation of practitioners and legislators who are fighting for equality in their own communities,” he continued.

Gergen added, “Alan Gleitsman, whose philanthropy made this award possible, believed in individuals whose vision inspired others to confront injustice. He was an ardent supporter of Harvard Kennedy School’s efforts to cultivate the world’s youngest change makers and would be so pleased by today’s announcement.”

The award will be presented to Yousafzai at a public ceremony at Harvard Kennedy School on December 6, 2018.

Yousafzai, who is a currently a student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Oxford University, was shot in the head at point-blank range by Taliban gunmen as she was returning from her school in Swat valley. However, she went onto become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights.