16-year-old Pakistani girl, shot by Taliban for education views, in NY on eve of Nobel award

A 16-year-old Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt is making public appearances in New York on the eve of this year's Nobel Peace Prize announcement.

Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye) is considered a contender for the prize, along with several others.

The teenager was in New York on Thursday hours after winning Europe's top human rights award. She is discussing her experiences and promoting her memoir "I am Malala" in television media interviews.

A year ago, Malala survived a gunshot to the head after being targeted by the Taliban for supporting girls' education. She has been speaking publicly on the issue since she was 11, and addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday.

The assassination attempt drew worldwide attention to the struggle for women's rights in Pakistan.