CHARLES GRAHAM - Making a stand for equality

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IF anyone in the world is deserving of a bravery award, it is Malala Yousafzai.

She is the 15-year-old schoolgirl who was shot in the head by fanatics for speaking out against the Taliban.

Left for dead by cowardly gunmen for trying to promote female education, she has since undergone pioneering and life-saving surgery in Britain.

A lesser mortal of any age could be forgiven for wanting to keep a lower profile after such an ordeal, one that will scar her for life.

But the feisty teen was back in the limelight this week, saying the attempted murder has made her even more determined to campaign for women’s rights.

Despite the disgusting attack on her, Malala remains a symbol of hope in Pakistan and has now set up a fund in order to help her cause.

She said: “I want every girl, every child to go to school to get the best start they can.”

Huge gender, racial and sexual discriminations still prevail in some countries around the world.

But - perhaps as has happened in India where the gang rape and murder of a student has forced the authorities to re-examine its second-class attitudes to women - incidents and individuals can bring about seismic changes.

In Malala’s case I particularly hope so.