Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Wed, February 6, 2013 10:12am EST by 2 Comments
Malala Yousafai Nobel Peace Prize

Months after being shot by Taliban militants, Malala was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to girls’ rights and education in Pakistan.

Malala Yousafzai, 15, became the international face for girls rights and education in October 2012 after she was violently targeted by the Pakistani Taliban for her activism. She was shot at point-blank range, but continues to make an impressive recovery — and was awarded for her efforts with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

Her name was nominated by three members of the Norwegian parliament Labor Party because of “her courageous commitment to the right of girls to education. A commitment that seemed so threatening to the extremists that they chose to try and kill her,” the Labor party wrote on its website. Parliamentarians Freddy de RuiterGorm Kjernli and Magne Rommetveit put forward her name for nomination.

Malala Yousafzai’s Miraculous Recovery

Malala has been recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and has made a miraculous recovery since her October attacks. She has one more round of procedures that include a cranial reconstruction and a cochlear implant, which doctors hope will be her last operation.

She spoke out from the hospital on Feb. 6. for her first interview since the attacks. “Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and … I am getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people – men, women, children – all of them have prayed for me,” she says in the video.

Malala Yousafzai Targeted By Pakistani Taliban

On Oct. 9, Malala was attacked on her school bus on the way home from school in her native Swat valley, Pakistan. She was targeted for her activism to promote girls education, a move the Taliban in Pakistan believed was a threat to their mission. Malala worked as a blogger for BBC, during which she exposed the unfair treatment of girls in her community.

We’re so happy for Malala’s nomination! She definitely deserves it.

What do YOU think of Malala being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize HollyMoms?

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– Christina Stiehl

More Malala Yousafzai news:

  1. Malala Yousafzai: God Has Given Me A ‘Second Life’ Since Taliban Shooting
  2. Taliban Shooting Victim Malala Yousafzai Released By UK Hospital
  3. Shooting Victim Malala Yousafzai, 15, Reads Get Well Cards From Hospital

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Lucy Merriman

Posted at 9:05 AM on February 7, 2013  

I think what a lot of people don’t realize about the Nobel Peace Prize is, it is not a “lifetime achievement award” the way the Nobel Literature Prize is, it has to be awarded for something done in the past 5 years, and usually a nomination is to raise awareness of an issue. Also, nobody can win a nomination posthumously. That’s why Gandhi never got a Nobel prize. In that light, I think it’s wonderful that Malala was nominated; not only will it raise awareness about the oppression of women and children by the Taliban, but it rewards a courageous, intelligent young woman fighting for the noblest of causes.

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Posted at 9:26 PM on February 6, 2013  

Malala’s bravery and efforts are commendable. No doubt she represents hopeful and progressive thinkers in Islamic nations which are infected with the menace of religious fundamentalism and extremism. But a Nobel Prize for her is too quick, too soon considering that even Mahatma Gandhi did not receive this prize and unjustifiably so ( As one of the committee members remarked – Gandhi could do without a Nobel Peace Prize but whether Nobel Peace Prize can do without Gandhi , is the question ). I think her nomination is politically motivated as the western countries are trying hard to project an Islam friendly face and its an attempt to appease Pakistan, as US needs this ally in the war against terror.

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