US bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Malala reintroduced

A legislation to award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani peace activist who was shot in her head by Taliban, has been reintroduced in the US Congress.

Introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, House Resolution (No 60) calls to award Congressional Gold Medal to Malala in recognition of her devoted service to education, justice and equality in Pakistan.

Malala, who was shot in her head last year by Taliban for her girl education campaign, was discharged from a British hospital on Friday.

Noting that Malala is a symbol of hope in a country long beset by violence and despair, the resolution says she represents the future of Pakistan and is the new face of the country and an advocate for human rights for women.

Jackson-Lee had first introduced the resolution in the 112th Congress on November 13, 2012, and was sponsored by nearly three dozen Congressmen.

Since it was not passed by the Congress, it has been re-introduced in the new Congress this week.

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