Sakharov Prize for Malala. Will Nobel Peace Prize also goes to her?

Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai is the laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013. She is also one of the favorites for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced tomorrow (October 11).

Anita Weiss, Professor and Head, Department of International Studies, University of Oregon

Malala has raised the recognition of the need to educate girls worldwide to a whole new level, and she has also shown how one person can make a difference taking a stand against injustice, terrorism and hatred. What saddens me is that in Pakistan, many people hate her as a ‘western agent’ or U.S. pawn and question why she hasn’t spoken out against US drone strikes in Pakistan. How could she?! She is a child, she is speaking from the heart, from her conviction, about what she has experienced and in doing so, she has gained supporters worldwide.

I earnestly hope she is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This would send an important message to all those who try to thwart the empowerment of girls and women worldwide and resort to terrorism and violence to do so.


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