The 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was nearly killed by the Taliban for being an outspoken advocate for girls’ education is talking and shows no sign of brain damage, according to Pakistani officials who have been briefed by her doctors.
Malala Yousufzai is showing remarkable improvement, despite her being shot point blank by a Taliban gunman in northern Pakistan’s Swat Valley two weeks ago.
Former British Prime Minister and U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown said in a statement today that he is launching a worldwide petition in support of Yousufzai and every child in Pakistan to receive an education.
“Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban simply because as a girl she wanted to go to school. The petition calls on Pakistan to ensure that every girl like Malala has the chance to go to school and calls on the international community to ensure that all out-of-school children around the world are in education by the deadline for the delivery of the Millennium Development Goals, the end of 2015,” Brown said in a statement.
Brown said he plans on delivering the petition to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari when he visits him next month.