Update 10-19-13

Please read my Op-ed at Elephant Journal on why Malala should have won the Nobel Peace prize:


Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai


“Madonna”, and “Miley” are two women the world knows by first time. I’d like to nominate “Malala” to replace that thank you very much. Too few people know about the young 16 year old woman from Pakistan who today won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, a major award in human rights, and she is the youngest in history to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize whose winner will be announced tomorrow.

There were seven people nominated for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, including controversial pick Edward Snowden. Instead I am pleased to be writing about winner Malala Yousafzai. This week marked the one year since the attempted assignation on the Pakistan native’s life, when the then 15 year old was shot in the head and neck point blank by Taliban on her bus ride home from school.

Having written a blog for the BBC at the age of 11, Yousafzai would write about rights–particularly for girl’s– education, and about living under Taliban rule; she had become a Target for execution by age 14 when she had been protesting a Taliban campaign to shut down schools in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Nearly having died, Yousafzai now has recovered fully and been traveling the world as advocate for girl’s

I am Malala

education rights, subsequently she is now recommended for the Nobel Peace prize announced this Friday October 11. She is the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel peace prize, to which she humbly denies her eligibility for  winning declaring

“Many others have worked in human rights longer than I and deserve it more”

So she has won the prestigious EU award that commends people for speaking out. The Sakharov prize also comes with a purse of  €50,000 euros.

Despite the Taliban call for hear death being renewed this year, she has released a book on her inspiring story. Unfortunately as well, regular citizens of Pakistan have mixed views on her rather that their sheer support, see this CNN report:


Leave a Reply