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The Guardian reports: "Thousands of people have called for a Nobel peace prize for Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old who was shot by the Taliban while campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan."

This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital shows Malala Yousafzai, as she continues her recovery in Birmingham, England. (photo: Queen Elizabeth Hospital/AP)
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital shows Malala Yousafzai, as she continues her recovery in Birmingham, England. (photo: Queen Elizabeth Hospital/AP)


Thousands Call for Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai

By Guardian UK

10 November 12

 

Politicians urged to back nomination of 15-year-old girl shot by Taliban while campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan

housands of people have called for a Nobel peace prize for Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old who was shot by the Taliban while campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan.

Malala has the support of more than 60,000 people backing a petition to nominate her for the prestigious award.

The call came ahead of Saturday's global day of action marking one month since Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban.

In the UK, Shahida Choudhary is campaigning for the prime minister and prominent politicians to write to the Nobel committee to recommend Malala.

Choudhary said: "Malala doesn't just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender.

"There are girls like Malala in the UK and across the world. I was one of them.

"I started this petition because a Nobel peace prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for the right of girls to get an education."

Choudhary was taken out of school in the UK aged 16 and forced into a marriage in Pakistan. She escaped back to the UK, returned to education aged 28, and runs a network in Birmingham to support women in similar situations.

Malala, was attacked last month with two other girls while travelling home from school in the Swat valley.

The gunman who boarded the van in which she was travelling asked for her by name before firing three shots at her.

In early 2009, Malala wrote an anonymous blog about life under the Taliban, who had banned all girls in her area from attending school.

The global petition to have Malala nominated, on Change.org, was started in Canada by Tarek Fatah, a writer and broadcaster.

Malala's nomination has won the backing of Canada's four largest political parties and has been supported in other countries including France and Spain.

Nobel committee rules states that members of national assemblies and governments are able to make nominations for the prize. Nominations close in February.

 

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+14 # DaveM 2012-11-10 08:29
Where can we sign? This young woman has put herself between women seeking an education and men with guns and bombs who have no qualms about using them. Not just once, but over a period of years. And I doubt she is done yet.

Some very odd Nobel Peace Prizes have been given out in recent years, some to people who have done little or nothing to benefit the world. This award would be in the exact spirit of the original specifications for the prize, which the Nobel Committee ought to re-read now and then.
 
 
+10 # DaveM 2012-11-10 08:33
Link to petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/malala-yousafzai-nobel-peace-prize-for-malala-yousafzai
 
 
+6 # grouchy 2012-11-10 10:16
YES, YES, YES!!!!
 
 
+7 # reiverpacific 2012-11-10 10:54
Absolutely! I suggested this when the event and it's background became news.
And don't forget her father, who should be included in the award; he has raised a courageous, amazing daughter with progressive vision and is also in danger from these bastards who still vow to get them.
It should also be taken away from Henry Kissinger to restore the award to some credulity (I've a feeling I've opened a Pandora's Box of further suggestions here).
Let's concentrate on the recovery, celebration and furtherance of this remarkable young woman.
 
 
+5 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-11-10 11:51
Add my voice to those thousands; she is a BRAVE & DESERVING YOUNG WOMAN. God bless you to heal and be restored to full health. I look forward to her being awarded this coveted prize.
 
 
+5 # indianfirst 2012-11-10 13:09
My husband has read that the Imam teaching the man who shot Malala still wants her killed. What possible religious precept could be informing this man?
 
 
+1 # reiverpacific 2012-11-11 11:29
Quoting indianfirst:
My husband has read that the Imam teaching the man who shot Malala still wants her killed. What possible religious precept could be informing this man?

The religion of "Free interpretation in the name of power over others".
Christians and other organized religions are not immune from this either.
And remember, there has been a Fatwah issued by another coalition of Pakistani Imams to get the shooters and their instigators.
Doesn't make it right but "Rough Justice" still exists in many countries.
Ask any American Indian, especially Leonard Peltier.
 
 
0 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-11 17:17
Leonard...I knew one of the agents killed on that sad day, almost 100 years to the day of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I said then that the FBI had no business ramrodding on to private property, and that still stands. The FBI has so far not come clean with what the real plan was. They were killing two birds with one stone.

Why Leonard was implicated I will never know, but it seems like it was just because he was available. He has been a political prisoner and will remain so until the Government stops smarting from being outdone by a 'band of savages'.

But I digress. Malala deserves this prize MUCH MUCH more than our commander-in-ch ief. Maybe someday he'll grow into her shoes...
 
 
0 # reiverpacific 2012-11-12 14:58
Quoting AMLLLLL:
Leonard...I knew one of the agents killed on that sad day, almost 100 years to the day of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I said then that the FBI had no business ramrodding on to private property, and that still stands. The FBI has so far not come clean with what the real plan was. They were killing two birds with one stone.

Why Leonard was implicated I will never know, but it seems like it was just because he was available. He has been a political prisoner and will remain so until the Government stops smarting from being outdone by a 'band of savages'.

But I digress. Malala deserves this prize MUCH MUCH more than our commander-in-chief. Maybe someday he'll grow into her shoes...

Not to stray too far from the subject but re' Peltier, read Z"In the spirit of Crazy Horse" by Peter Matthiessen, see "Incident at Oglala" directed and narrated by Robert Redford. And go to the "Leonard Peltier Defense Committee" website, http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/incident-at-oglala/?fb_action_ids=3845345488476&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=wp&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%223845345488476%22%3A123230967827481%7D&action_type_map=%7B%223845345488476%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%223845345488476%22%3A%22wp%22%7D&doing_wp_cron=1352761022.5397489070892333984375
 
 
0 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-13 12:52
Yes, I have that book (wonderfully comprehensive), I was at the SF premier of Incident at Oglala, and have been to Leonard's site. An education about America.
 

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