RAW in WAR (Reach All Women In War) celebrates the courageous and inspiring work of Malala Yousafzai, the brave young woman from Pakistan who has spoken out about the right of every girl and every boy around the world to receive an education. Defying the strict ban imposed by the Taliban on girls attending school, she refused to be silenced in the face of grave danger, just like Anna Politkovskaya did.
Malala Yousafai was only 15 years old when she was shot by the Talican on 9 October 2012 for campaigning for education for girls.
Ahead of the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on Monday 7th October, RAW in War honours Malala with the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared, for her strength to give a voice to the many women and girls whose voices cannot be heard, and for her passionate belief in promoting education for girls.
On accepting the award Malala Yousafzai said:
“Anna Politkovskaya was a dedicated journalist and human rights activist. She campaigned passionately about issues which concerned her. She spoke out about causes which other people dared not speak about. She was brave and an inspiration. I am extremely proud to have been chosen to receive an award which bares Anna’s name and hope that I may be as brave as she was. I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality and to humanity.”