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14-year old Malala Yusufzai is the Pakistani teenager who was shot at by the Taliban in October 2012 in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Taliban-held areas in Pakistan’s Swat valley.


 Malala Yusufzai has demonstrated courage and determination in face of terror and has become a beacon of hope for hundreds of millions of Muslim girls around the world who find their futures bleak because of the rising tide of Islamism.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message to the misogynist mullas and jihadis in Islamic countries that the world is watching and will be behind those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights that includes the rights of education for girls.

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Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yusufzai

14-year old Malala Yusufzai is the Pakistani teenager who was shot at by the Taliban in October 2012 in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Taliban-held areas in Pakistan’s Swat valley.

Malala Yusufzai has demonstrated courage and determination in face of terror and has become a beacon of hope for hundreds of millions of Muslim girls around the world who find their futures bleak because of the rising tide of Islamism.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message to the misogynist mullas and jihadis in Islamic countries that the world is watching and will be behind those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights that includes the rights of education for girls.


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From TheThinkingAtheist – posted 20-Nov-2012

Written By: Tarek Fatah
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57 COMMENTS

  1. She definitely deserves this.  In addition, the prize will send a message to those Islamic savages that, to the democratic world, Taliban are criminal Islamic/religious thugs, who have no desire to live in peace with whoever disagrees with them. 

  2. SIGNED!  I’m so very glad this petition arose on the web.   This little girl is most deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize for her outstanding courage to speak out against a bunch of killing savages.  

  3. Signed the thing, although I’m a little worried that Malala is in danger of becoming a political pawn in the fight against Islamic extremism. The best thing for her at the moment would be if the world left her alone for a while, giving her time to recuperate and do some growing up.

  4.  Malala “in danger of becoming a political pawn”? She’s actually quite beyond that. Try a leader in the fight against “Islamic extremism” ( a redundant term -Islam is be definition extremist).

     She needs to “do some growing up”, as compared to whom, hundreds of millions of adult church and mosque goers?

  5. I wasn’t saying that I believe Malala should be prevented from doing anything she wants; only that she be allowed to find her own path, rather than being at the mercy of those with their own agendas.

  6. Malala is a remarkable person, but she is still only a child. If she wants to think of herself as a ‘leader in the fight against Islamic extremism’ then that’s up to her. But no one else has the right to stick that label onto someone who’s still only fourteen years old.

    When I said she needs to do some growing up, I wasn’t speaking metaphorically, although that’s how you seem to have interpreted it.

  7. I think that’s the right approach Katy. The next paragraph is copied from a post I made yesterday on the ‘Malala’s Hope’ article.
    I’m already humbled by her story, to see her want to carry on would genuinely raise her to hero status. And if she says ‘enough’s enough’, she’s a 14 year-old kid who’s been shot in the head at point-blank range and seen two of her friends injured in the same attack; who could say she’d be wrong to call it a day? Not I.

    That has to be the right approach; she still has a lot of recovery to do, not only physically but psychologically too, and not one of us knows just how she’ll be affected by this. Godbuster, in the post third above this, calls her “a leader in the fight against “Islamic extremism””. No, she’s not a leader, at least not yet. What she is right now is a figurehead for those taking up the fight against extremism – a symbolic rallying point, if you will. But what she also is is a very poorly and probably very frightened child, in a strange – though welcoming - country, and with her parents still in Pakistan she’ll be surrounded by strangers just at the time when she’s in need of familiar faces. Most important right now is to ensure that whatever is being done is done with Malala’s interests foremost, the politics will have to wait until she and her family are in a position to give their informed consent.
    So yes, I support the idea of the Nobel for what she’s acheived both purposely and inadvertantly; yes I agree that her cause should be taken up in any way possible, by as many people as possible,  whilst it has the momentum. But until Malala herself has come to terms with her shooting and her faith; until she has decided what route she wants to take into the future, then we have no right to ask her to do a single thing more.

  8. “Finding” actually rather blazing her own path under the most dangerous and impossible of circumstances would appear to be her heroic stock in trade quite already.  What she could use, rather than hand-wringing and patronizing “adult” concern trolling from behind a keyboard somewhere swathed in 1st world privilege, is full-throated support.

  9. No suggestion was made that she think of herself as a leader. Nor is it a “label” that I or anyone else is attempting to stick on her.  It is merely a partial description of someone whose extraordinary posture and action has drawn the fully deserved worldwide attention and admiration that she has.  Now if you feel the term leadership is inadequate or inappropriate to describe this please do propose something else.

    As to needing to do some growing up, well, I didn’t think you meant literally as in bigger and stronger in order to present a more imposing figure to future assailants.  It appears I was mistaken.

  10. What she could use, rather than hand-wringing and patronizing “adult” concern trolling from behind a keyboard somewhere swathed in 1st world privilege, is full-throated support

    No, this is simply adult concern, not patronising and not trolling, just concern for a child. I hope she does come out fighting, she has my full support if she does but equally if she doesn’t, but the choice has to be hers and hers alone.

    “Finding” actually rather blazing her own path under the most dangerous and impossible of circumstances would appear to be her heroic stock in trade quite already.

    A bullet to the head has weakened the resolve of many before her. Yes, she’s a remarkable girl, but she’s a girl who has to come to terms with what happened to her, with how close she came to dying, with the fact that two other children were injured in the attempt on her life. I would have a hard time coming to terms with any of those, but she has the added burden of trying to reconcile her own religious beliefs with the fact that the attempt on her life was caused by that same religion. I don’t have the luxury of being able to imagine being 14-years old, in a strange country surrounded by strangers and also having to cope with all of that.
    I’ll say it again; I hope she does come out fighting and I’m pretty certain that she will, but she has to be allowed to do it in her own time, and until she does nobody has the right to decide her future for her. After all, that was what she was campaigning for in the first place wasn’t it? The right to decide for herself?

  11. Yes,yes,yes, give this little girl the prize and some money so she can protect herself from Islamic death cult extremists.
    She has caused quite a furore in Pakistan ;because clearly she’s the victim of a murderous barbarian.
    Have a look at this article:http://hurryupharry.org/2012/1
    It just adds a little hope that chaps like this are saying “just pop Allah in the bin”
    The elimination of Islamic psychopaths in troubled Pakiland is absolutely necessary to effect any economic progress.

  12. This petition has nothing to do with what Malala may or may not do in the future. It is a show of love and support from the civilized world to a child who has already shown bravery in the face of danger while endeavoring to change her life and the lives of all women in her country.
    I would hope that all effort is being made to unite her with her family in safety. This award is also meant as a message to the cowards who support this tyranny throughout the world that, “humanity will not tolerate the murder of our children in the name of anyone’s god or ideology.”

  13. Are you watching Ban Ki Moon?
    Are you Warsi?

    I notice your ever flatulent,  religiously inspired idiotic twisted pomposity is absolutely silent as a grave.
    What’s the matter Ban Ki, cat got ya tongue?
    And Warsi is this not a  further indication of how religion is dis-respected? after all to fulfil your vision of pink and fluffy inclusiveness this child should be dead then we could all waltz gloriously into a religiously decorated future!
    I also notice that not one clergyman has commented either…it is almost as if their embarrassed of ‘faith’ say it ain’t so!
    And so they should be…every single mewling one of them from whatever delusion…waste of natural resources.

    I can understand the Muslim perspective they have little to no integrity anyway, but I wonder if Williams still wants Sharia law?
    And Benny…well where is that famous Jesuit morality that is lavishly slopped over every other thing this side of the mortal coil?

    I also notice their are no Christians demonstrating and setting fire to
    Pakistani flags or cars…or murdering folks that had nothing to do with
    the incident.
    Not because they don’t do that…more because they cannot be arsed!

    Well I suppose they can claim godly miracle that the child survived, but
    certainly not a peep as to why the big poobah in the sky went along
    with such a brutal and bigoted scheme to deny girls an education in the
    first place.

    Fucking disgrace the lot of them!

  14. It’s hard to tell on Change.Org when a petition is posted.  At least I can’t find it.  But the oldest signature is 10 days ago so around 10th October.  Presumably that means the idea was that she should be awarded the 2012 prize which was awarded to the EU on the 12th of October?

    I’ve signed anyway but I expect we are a bit late.

    Lots of other petitions for her there as well

    http://www.change.org/en-AU/pe

    Michael

  15. Exactly. To paraphrase the message I left with my signature on the petition, the Nobel would be the ideal recognition of the courage and determination that Malala has shown in the face of such barbaric opposition against her campaigning, not for herself alone but for the future of every ‘Malala’ in Pakistan now and for generations to come. It would also ensure that the pain and suffering Malala has endured at the hands of the backwards-thinking Taliban will not be allowed to pass by in vain.
    Honour this brave little girl by all means, but lets not plan her future for her. If she comes out more determined to fight on then we should ensure that she does so as safely as possible in as high a profile as possible: If she calls time on her campaigning for now then she will still deserve the recognition that the Nobel will bring for her incredible work so far.

  16. ” Nobody has the right to decide her future for her.”  Except of course those who feel she needs “to do some growing up” and needs to be protected from her now worst enemies – those selfish and obsessed fighters against “Islamic extremism” (as if Islam is not inherently extreme) who lurk everywhere just waiting to callously turn her into a “political pawn” while still recovering from a near fatal bullet wound.

  17. All she needs at present is care, help to fully recover, protection and anonymity.

    She will indeed become a political pawn if she is made a Nobel Lauriete.

    Further to which the Nobel Prize is already being manipulated for political ends, and if care isn’t taken it will lose its currency.

    Just leave her alone to fully mature and make her own decisions and choices.

  18. My girlfriend and I are absolutely in love with malala. (Plutonicly speaking. Promise.) Who could possibly be more deserving of the Nobel than her? You’re right! No one. That is correct. You get a cookie.

  19. And the award for totally missing the point goes to…..

    Nobody has the right to decide her future for her.”  Except of course those who feel she needs “to do some growing up” and needs to be protected from her now worst enemies – those selfish and obsessed fighters against “Islamic extremism”…who lurk everywhere just waiting to callously turn her into a “political pawn” while still recovering from a near fatal bullet wound

    What’s your problem with letting her recover enough to be in a position to determine her own future? As far as I can see, the only obsessive here is the one with the Joan of Arc obsession, but she isn’t a warrior, she’s a child. Do you really want to see her plunging back into the fray whilst she’s still got tubes sticking out of her and a potentially very dangerous infection in the bullet tract?

  20. Stafford Gordon,
    Correct me if I’m wrong but, it is my understanding that Malala has suffered little or no memory loss from her ordeal. Her efforts in Pakistan for women’s equal rights to education and the horror of the Taliban attempt to mute her efforts are still fresh in this young girls mind. The fear she must be feeling would be paralyzing for many in her situation.
    She must have the freedom to choose her personal course in life but, as with everyone who may be paralyzed by fear, no one would want their valiant efforts to be ignored and lost in obscurity for the sake of others misguided political opinions. Malala’s personal decisions must be respected but, she should receive every support and accolade for her continuing struggle for women’s rights in her own country.

  21. But it wasn’t his love for his girlfriend that he was waxing lyrical about; if it were then ‘Plutonic’ would maybe have been a little more appropriate.

    I don’t use spellcheckers; to err is only human, to really fuck up requires a computer.

  22. Much as I admire the sentiment, I think it isn’t properly aimed. First off, while the committee itself can nominate, I suspect they rarely do so, and probably receive untold thousands of appeals every year.

    Second, the prize itself, according to Alfred Nobel’s will, is awarded “… to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for
    fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing
    armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” While the committee has their own criteria that operates above and beyond this simple description, there are undoubtedly people who hew closer to the mark than Yusufzai.

    Finally, I think people are coloring their reactions to both the martyr aspect, and the age and gender of Yusufzai. While she is distinctly and remarkably forthright, and a victim of exactly what she tried to help eradicate, this doesn’t mean that she was successful; in fact, it could easily be argued exactly the opposite. Her actions promoted a violent response and contributed to the strife in the area, however well-intentioned and honorable. “Peace” is not what can be seen right now, nor on the horizon. While she may very well have started the ball rolling, and in the future we may see distinctive benefits of her actions, we may also see renewed vigor in resisting and controlling such actions. Solid results just aren’t in evidence yet.

    She deserves great recognition, and the support of as many people as possible. This event has a tremendous amount of potential. Yet, I think there are more appropriate (and likely) avenues to seek for these, over one so highly questionable as the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Not to mention that online petitions are worth the paper they’re printed on, and mailed ones about the same. The Nobel nominating committee (among others) exists because they are not seeking popular opinions, but informed ones.

  23. I can see where you’re coming from, Al, but it would have carried more weight if Obama hadn’t won it recently for what he might potentially achieve rather than what he has achieved to date.

  24. Saganic Rites,
    I don’t follow your train of thought on this thread but, I’ll bite anyway. Obama’s achievements in the last four years have not yet come home to roost due to factors outside his immediate control. Suffice it to say that his clamp down on corporate greed by tightening government controls have likely saved the US, and possibly the world, from a major depression. I personally believe that the greed of the GOP would have worsened the economic situation over the last four years. Lets hope the Democrats win the presidency and control of congress otherwise, there will still be a bottleneck blocking Obama’s best efforts. The GOP are willing to destroy the US economy to gain power and rid America of the unholy negro (not my terminology) occupying the Whitehouse. It’s more than their white supremacy prejudice can tolerate.

  25. i presume that the parents knew and supported their daughters campaign, and therefore the threat to their lives is anything but diminished if they were to return home with or without a peace prize.  More than anything the family needs adequate protection from an international community that has supported them since the shooting.
    I have a fear that this child will now be a politically important target for these freaks, and if she returned home her death would send a defiant message to the outside world that the taliban will rule as they please.        

  26. Since this lovely girl is a Muslim, I would like to remind my fellow atheists how Islam is disgusting when it comes to women.

    “two women are the equivalent on one man in an Islamic court”

    Read the justification:

    http://www.islamic-sharia.org/

    This is not new to me given my background.  But, some of you may not know how women are valued in Islam.  Just FYI.

  27. A thousand times yes! This brave young lady is fighting an important battle for education and equality. It’s about time Jagland did something good with the prize instead of handing it out at who he wants to be buddies with.

  28.  I think it’s time the people of world stopped dismissing children as being able to affect change in our world. While all children do not develop intellectually at the same rate, a great many are very bright. I had a fantastic discussion just last night with my 10 year old son regarding the IMF, World Bank and WTO and he understood it and in fact couldn’t understand why we all just can’t work together to look after each other and presented very valid arguments for his point of view.  At the university where I work, we have a 14 year old student working on his master’s degree.  Should we say that he is not permitted to express concern about how we run our world, a world in which he lives?

    Malala is an incredible young person who recognizes her oppression due to the sex she was born, sees the injustice in it, and has chosen to stand up for herself and others like her.  It’s unfortunate that even half the adults on our planet aren’t as brave! 

    As a mother, I agree that she needs time to recuperate, and the hospital seems to be doing a good job letting her do that. A Canadian senator visited Malala and was not permitted to see her to avoid a deluge of well-wishers – her political position held no sway.  I think Malala has been clear on her desires and just because she is young, does not mean she should not be permitted to pursue them.  Children need to be heard. Maybe so many of them wouldn’t die in abject poverty if the world started to listen to them a little more.

    Wendy

  29.  Thanks to Muhammad and old testament style Quran, Islam is as violent as other religions centuries ago.  It is even more stringent.

    Today, in some Islamic countries, people are stoned to death for adultery.  As I mentioned,  I was born in one of them.

  30. This young mind is an example to all muslim leaders. Will they get the message? Are they literate to read it? As optimistic as i am i don’t see how this will change anything in the islamic community. I doubt it’ll make the news.

  31. Sorry, I cannot sign this… Yes she is very brave, yes she deserves praise. I just can’t help thinking that by giving her a Nobel prize we would also be giving her a death penalty. Some people have said she deserves some support from the ‘civilised’ world. I live in this ‘civilsed’ world, the same one which has enough nuclear weapons to kill us all many times over, the same one which uses drones to attack ‘terrorists’ and kill many innocent potential malala’s at the same time also creating more western hating muslims. We should remove our troops from Afghanistan and let them sort out their own country.

    It seems to me she is just another pawn in a much bigger game, the british press hyped it all up saying her family flew over to be with her, my guess is it was all payed for by the military propaganda machine. Very much like Iraq and the babies being thrown out of incubatoers story. Good luck to you Malala, all these well meaning people are signing your death warrant,,,,,

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