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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai joins Twitter

The 19-year-old joined Twitter on her last day of school.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2017 21:06 IST
HT Correspondent
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan listens to a question during a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on April 10, 2017.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan listens to a question during a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on April 10, 2017. (AFP)

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai made her debut on Twitter on Friday evening with a simple ‘Hi’.

The 19-year-old joined the social media platform following her last day in school and within an hour-and-a-half had a 115,000 followers.

On Twitter, Yousafzai announced her Girl Power Trip to meet girls in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

The Pakistani education activist came into prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

In 2014, at 17 years of age she became the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize. In the years since, Yousafzai has become a regular speaker on the global stage, championing girls education.

She lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot, and completed her secondary education.