Malala Yousafzai celebrates graduating from Oxford University

Jessica Vince
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Eight years after being shot by the Taliban in an assassination attempt because of her activism on behalf of girls’ right to education, Malala Yousafzai has earned a degree at Oxford University.

The Nobel prize-winning campaigner has completed her Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree and shared the milestone moment on Twitter. She posted a photograph of herself covered in confetti and food, known as ‘trashing’ and traditionally done after Oxford students complete their exams, and another surrounded by loved ones.

She captioned the tweet: "Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford. I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep."

It was in 2012 when a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai, who was 15 years old at the time, in the head as she rode home on a bus. She was targeted after speaking out about girls' education in Pakistan. She went on to become the youngest Nobel peace prize winner in 2014.

Yousafzai’s tweet received streams of congratulations, including a message from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who wrote: "Congratulations Malala. You continue to inspire and empower the next generation of young women and girls to know that there is no limits to their aspirations."

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