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Jul 13, 2013 at 11:26am IST

Meerut girl Razia Sultan conferred with the first UN Malala Award

Meerut: Razia Sultan, a 15-year-old girl from Meerut, has been conferred with the first United Nation Malala Award on Friday for spreading awareness on education among child labourers.

After being rescued by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Razia joined a school and eventually went to different regions as a youth leader representing the NGO and carried out door-to-door campaigns on child education.

She was awarded on July 12 which has been heralded as Malala Day to mark her fight for right to education. Malala Yousafzai addressed a Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on her 16th birthday on Friday.

Teenager activist Malala was shot in the head at close range by the Taliban in October last year as she left school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, northwest of the country's capital Islamabad, after campaigning against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education.