Malala Yousafzai Has Been Nominated For The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

For 'her courageous commitment to the right of girls to education'

As many of you may remember, Malala Yousafzai is the courageous young girl who was shot in the head by members of the Taliban back in October. The assassination attempt was made so as to quiet the 14 year-old student, who blogged about and advocated for better education for young girls in Pakistan. Malala has been making a strong recovery, all the while inspiring others with her resilience. A couple of weeks ago I heard that Malala was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, so I know this story is a wee bit dated, but thought I should share anyway; I am so happy to see this girl getting the recognition she deserves! Click inside to learn more.

NBC News has the story:

Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who rose to international fame after the Taliban nearly killed her for her efforts to promote girls’ education, has been formally nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Her name was put forward by three members of the Norwegian parliament from the ruling Labor Party on their website Friday, which was the deadline for nominations.

Malala’s name was put forward 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,” said parliamentarian Freddy de Ruiter on the Labor party web site…

Malala was attacked in October with two other girls while traveling home from school in Pakistan’s Swat valley.  The gunman boarded the van and asked for her by name before firing three shots at her — singling her out for writing a blog that criticized the Taliban for barring girls for getting an education.

A week later, Malala was flown to a hospital in the UK for treatment. She is now facing a final major surgery to place a titanium plate over the hole left in her skull. While in the hospital she has received thousands of messages from well-wishers around the world, and continued to speak out on behalf of her cause, becoming a global icon…

If Malala were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she would be the youngest by far and one of just 15 female recipients.

This is good news, right? I think we can all agree that this girl deserves the recognition. When Malala was in the hospital recovering, I remember reading that she had asked for her school work, and was just eager to get back to writing. I’m really looking forward to seeing whatever she makes of the rest of her life; I know, whatever it is, I’ll be forever inspired and impressed.

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  1. I love pop culture, celebs, fashion, etc but it’s people like this are the real heroes and inspirations in this world. She’s a reminder of how far we have come but of how much further we still have to go.

  2. Lesley

    This is great news and well deserved. Everyone deserves the right to an education and those who shot Mahala fear what educating young women could do. Just adds to the fantastic news that she has been discharged from hospital this weekend.

  3. What?! I love this!!! This just makes me so happy!

  4. emily

    Thanks for covering this Shannon! Yes, you’re a little late but it doesn’t diminish the importance of the story. One more reason to be impressed – they wanted to name a school after her in Pakistan and she said no, fearing the school would be targeted for attacks. This girl has more guts than our entire Congress.

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