October 11, 2013

Nobel Peace Prize contender, 16, in New York

The Pakistani girl is promoting her campaign for girls’ education.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – A 16-year-old Pakistani girl and likely contender for the Nobel Peace Prize was in New York on Thursday, the eve of this year’s prize announcement, to promote her memoir of her campaign for girls’ education and surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

Copies of “I Am Malala”, the memoir by Malala Yousafzai, at a book store in Manhattan Oct. 8, 2013. The book hit shelves around the world on Tuesday. Malala Yousafzai, now a world-famous survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt and activist for girls’ education, is in contention for the Nobel Peace Prize later this week.


Malala Yousafzai was in Manhattan for a media interview at a community center, just hours after the announcement she won the $65,000 Sakharov Award, Europe’s top human rights award. The accolade and buzz for the teenager came almost exactly a year after she was shot in the head for her outspoken support for girls’ education.

The assassination attempt drew worldwide attention to the struggle for women’s rights in Pakistan. Malala addressed the United Nations on her 16th birthday, and she expects to meet with Queen Elizabeth II later this month.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee will say only that a record 259 candidates, including 50 organizations, have been nominated this year.

Besides Malala, others getting attention are Congolese surgeon Dr. Denis Mukwege, an advocate for women’s rights; Svetlana Gannushkina and the Memorial human rights group she heads in Russia; Egyptian computer scientist Maggie Gobran, who chucked her career to become a Coptic Christian nun.

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