About a month after the Taliban attempted to assassinate her, going so far as to shoot her point-blank in the head, Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai is in recovery, and support is growing for her to be given a Nobel Peace Prize. And the support is expanding out worldwide.
The Taliban had some time ago placed young Malala Yousafzai on their kill list. Living in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, she blogged her diary to the BBC recounting their abuses and cruelty. Her father the head of a local school, she became the rallying cry in support of educating young women in the Middle East.
In early October, three men stopped a vehicle provided for Malala to get to school safely. The men were dressed as police officers. When they confirmed Malala’s identity, they opened fire, shooting her in the head and striking two other girls riding alongside her.
The outrage in response to the attack took both the Taliban and their al-Qaeda counterparts by surprise. Rallies are still held in Malala’s honor. Last year, she was bestowed the National Youth Peace Prize, the first of its kind in Pakistan. It has now been renamed the National Malala Peace Prize.
A petition to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize has acquired over 60,000 signatures, and in the United Kingdom, support has begun to mount to pressure the prime minister to recommend her to the Nobel committee.
Canada’s four largest political parties back Malala’s nomination, and there is strong support in France and Spain as well.
Recently Malala’s father was finally able to get to her hospital in the United Kingdom and be with his daughter. Both daughter and father have every intention of returning to the Swat Valley to continue their activism for youth education.
Question: Should Malala receive the Nobel Peace Prize?