LONDON–Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named among the list of 500 most influential people in Britain 2015.
The annual Debrett’s 500 list covers 24 categories which include sports, journalism, politics, advertising, architecture, food and education. Malala was named in the list of “Philanthropists and Activists” among 20 other personalities which include Emma Watson and HRH Prince Henry of Wales, as reported by British media.
Seventeen-year-old Malala, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize, is also the youngest in the Debrett’s rankings.
The annual Debrett’s 500, which began in 1769, extends recognition to the most influential, inspiring and achieving individuals across Britain.
Joanne Milner, chief executive at Debrett’s, said as quoted in The Telegraph: “We are delighted to announce this year’s Debrett’s 500. It’s a fascinating mix of people, and not entirely who you might expect.
Malala was 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she travelled on a school bus in response to her campaign for girls’ education. Since then she has become a global ambassador for children’s right and has set up the Malala Fund.
Last year in December she received the Nobel Peace Prize alongside India’s Kailash Satyarthi for risking their lives to fight for children’s rights.