Malala Yousafzai at 16, Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, is Favored to Win TODAY!
“The winner of 2013 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in Oslo, Norway, later Friday and Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai has emerged as a favorite to take home the prestigious prize.
It was almost exactly one year ago — Oct. 9, 2012 — when two men flagged down a bus then 15-year-old Malala rode home from school in the Swat region of Pakistan and one of them shot her in the head and neck.
Now, more outspoken than ever about the necessity for opportunities for girls and women, and with several awards already received, Malala is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
If she wins, she will join the ranks of Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa and Mother Teresa — people who were decades older when they won the esteemed award.
Malala told the BBC that she always had a drive to succeed. She became known in her region — a conservative area of Pakistan — as a young advocate for rights for all, as a young blogger for BBC Urdu and the daughter of the founder of a school.
“For my brothers, it was easy to think about the future,” Malala told the British news organization. “They can be anything they want. But for me, it was hard and for that reason, I wanted to become educated and empower myself with knowledge.”
“She was precocious, confident, assertive,” Adrian Aurangzeb told the BBC of Malala. “A young person with the drive to achieve something in life.”
When Malala was shot, her father did not believe she would survive. At first the entire country, and eventually the world followed her progress after surgery, the incident serving as a turning point for awareness of the lengths the Taliban would go.
As Malala has recuperated for her life threatening wounds, treated later in Birmingham, England, the awards have been showered on her.
On Thursday, she won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Earlier this week, she prompted The Daily Show host Jon Stewart to joke that he would like to adopt her when she answered his question about what she would do if a Taliban gunman returned to attack her. Earlier this week, the organization issued a renewed threat against the girl.
“I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well,” Malala told Stewart. “That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege also is a favorite to win the Nobel prize. He founded a hospital that specializes in treatment of women who have been gang raped by rebels.” (via USA Today)
Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.