- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nobel Peace Prize winner who advocates for girls and women and education will speak this summer in Omaha at a fundraising lunch for Girls Inc.

The nonprofit group that offers educational and recreational programs for girls says Malala Yousafzai will speak July 18.

The 18-year-old Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for advocating for girls’ education after she was shot by militants in 2012 while she was on the way home from school in Pakistan. She was initially treated in Pakistan, but was later flown to a hospital in Britain, where she now lives with her family.

Yousafzai was targeted because she had spoken out in favor of education for girls.

Girls Inc.’s executive director Roberta Wilhelm said she thinks Yousafzai’s message will resonate with the girls she works with in Omaha.

“I’m excited for the girls to hear her story,” Wilhelm said. “I’d love for them to hear about the struggle in some countries over education and gender, as well as the value Malala places on education. Some American girls take it for granted. She will help them look at education in a different light.”

Girls Inc. has brought a number of prominent speakers to Omaha in the past including, President Barack Obama when he was still a senator, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Warren Buffett.

Buffett, the Omaha billionaire, is a major supporter of the nonprofit. His daughter, Susie Buffett, has served on Girls Inc.’s national board.

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