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Thousands Celebrate Malala Day & Sign Nobel Peace Prize Petition

Written by Kumail Ahmed On 12 November 2012 @ 1:32 am | 1 Comment

In Citizen Media, Education, English, Feature, Human Rights, Pakistan, Politics, South Asia, Weblog, Women & Gender, Youth

15 year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot on 9 October 2012 [1] by members of TTP (Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) [The Pakistan Taliban Movment] because she was a fearless activist of girl education in Swat. Malala [2] is slowly recovering [3]. She is not totally out of danger, and a complete recovery will take sometime.

Petition for Nobel Peace Prize
A petition [4] has been placed by a Pakistani-British woman living in Birmingham, Shaida Choudry, to nominate Malala Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize. Nominating Malala for the Nobel prize can be achieved if ‘national politicians’ take interest. Shaida Choudry wants William Hague, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to go forward with this task.

Till now more than a hundred thousand people have signed her petition. The reason why a Nobel prize must be presented to Malala is stated here:

A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights, including the right to education for girls.

The #Malala hashtag has been shared by more than five thousand people [5] over twitter. The #Nobel4Malala hashtag has been shared by approximately nine hundred people just in nine days. Expressing her reason for signing the petition, Farina Alam writes [4]:

…Malala gives me hope

Stephen Furlong comments [4]:

“Such bravery and belief at such a young age should be recognised and serve as an inspiration and as a beacon of hope to people young and old across the world”

Celebrating Malala Day
The United Nations has announced celebrating November 10 (Saturday) as Malala Day [6]. People around the world celebrated Malala as a beacon for 32 million girls who can not go to school. In Pakistan, demonstrations in support of Malala were held in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. This day was celebrated in more than 100 countries [7] across the globe.

But in Malala's hometown open house events couldn't be organized [8] out of fear of possible terrorist attacks.

The UN special envoy on global education growth, Mr. Gordon Brown was in Pakistan on Friday [9] (9th November) in order to discuss the future of girls education in Pakistan. Speaking to AFP he said that a country can not prosper if only 2% of the economic budget is spent on education.

Political party MQM (Muttahida Quami Movement) [United National Movement] officially celebrated Malala Day at their headquarters in Karachi called nine-zero:

MQM celebrating Malala Day [10]

MQM celebrating Malala Day. From Twitter @SahilMQM [10]

Kainat – Malala's friend who was with her during the attack- said that she's still terrified [11] and cries whenever that incident comes in her mind. Unfortunately, no celebration took place in Swat due to possible terrorist threats [12].

For to express her love for Malala, 11 year-old girl, Bushra Siddique, writes on her blog [13]:

In my view Malala is the ray of light and hope for Pakistan. May Allah Save Her!

Twitter response
Salman Ahmed tweets:

@sufisal [14]: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle#Malala [15] Day

Somuya Singh tweets:

@soumyasinghs [16]#Pakistan [17] marks Malala Day.. Poor#children [18] will get cash if they'll attend school… Just hope they actually go nd#learn [19] something..

Ali Salman Alvi comments that the Terrorist apologists are trying to belittle Malala's act of valour:

@alisalmanalvi [20]: On social media it was Malala vs Al-Qaeda & Co (its apologists) on Malala Day. #Pakistan [17]


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URLs in this post:

[1] 15 year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot on 9 October 2012: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/10/11/pakistan-religious-extremists-attack-malala-yousufzai/

[2] Malala: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai

[3] slowly recovering: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/09/malala-yousafzai-recovery.html

[4] petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/uk-party-leaders-and-foreign-secretary-nominate-malala-for-the-nobel-peace-prize-nobel4malala-2?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=33661697

[5] five thousand people: http://hashtagbattle.com/#battle/w/%23malala/%23nobel4malala

[6] Malala Day: http://educationenvoy.org/press/malala-day

[7] more than 100 countries: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/11/271505/malala-day-events-held-in-100-countries/

[8] couldn't be organized: http://dawn.com/2012/11/11/fears-blight-malala-day-in-schoolgirls-hometown/

[9] was in Pakistan on Friday: http://dawn.com/2012/11/09/un-envoy-presents-million-signature-petition-supporting-malala/

[10] Image: http://twitpic.com/bc08jh

[11] she's still terrified: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/children/c-central-and-south-asia/cr-pakistan/3277-kainat-riaz-recalls-shooting.html

[12] possible terrorist threats: http://tribune.com.pk/story/464024/malala-day-as-tributes-pour-in-swat-stays-silent/

[13] blog: http://bushrasiddiqui.blogspot.com/2012/10/malala-yousafzai-she-was-promoting.html

[14] @sufisal: https://twitter.com/sufisal/status/267197002570412032

[15] #Malala: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Malala&src=hash

[16] @soumyasinghs: https://twitter.com/soumyasinghs/status/267549932133691392

[17] #Pakistan: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Pakistan&src=hash

[18] #children: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23children&src=hash

[19] #learn: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23learn&src=hash

[20] @alisalmanalvi: https://twitter.com/alisalmanalvi/status/267543734885961728

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