Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot in the head by Taliban last year, was given the top Amnesty Award this week, with U2 pop icon and activist Bono on hand for the ceremony.

In her acceptance speech, Malala urged governments around the world to take action against inequality of all shapes and sizes.

"I want to live in a world where free, compulsory education is available - everywhere, to every child. And, let no one be forgotten. Thank you so much," she told the crowd, before they stood in ovation.

Bono described his own feelings about the occasion, saying he felt completely "gobsmacked." 

"It's like she's ruling the United Nations already," he said of the teen. "She has complete command of the crowd ... I mean, she was just born for it; she was born for this moment."

Malala was flown from Pakistan to the UK for emergency treatment after the shooting last October. She was targeted because of her campaign for girls' rights to attend school.