The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has turned her attention to Malala Yousafzai, writing an opinion piece in defence of the 14-year-old Pakistani girl’s struggle for educational equality. She said that Malala should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Hollywood heavyweight’s missive has appeared at Daily Beast, and underlines Malala’s plight, framed by her children’s reactions to the teen’s attempted murder by the Taliban.

"It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only crime was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school", wrote the actress, who is engaged to Brad Pitt.

Malala is undergoing treatment in the UK after insurgents shot her in the head for her advocacy of equal-opportunity education. She is said to be making a "good recovery".

She suggested that the wounded girl - now something of a poster child for human rights - should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize.