Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:53:02 GMT

Campaign appeals to US leaders to nominate Malala for Nobel



From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Nov 13 (PTI) An online campaign has been launched in the US asking leaders, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to nominate Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize, with 11,000 people supporting the cause in just three days.

First launched in Canada, some 115,000 people have joined similar campaigns in seven other countries France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain and India.

Malala, 15, was shot in the head by the Taliban for running a girls'' education campaign in the Swat Valley of Pakistan against their wishes.

She is currently undergoing treatment at a British hospital.

Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize close on February 2013.

"As an educator and board member of a non-profit building schools in South Sudan, it is an honour to petition Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to nominate Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize," Bonnie Lloyd, an adjunct professor of Sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, said.

Lloyd is leading the campaign on Change.org after being inspired by Malala''s courage in standing up for girls in the face of Taliban violence and by the subsequent global outpouring of support for the young activist to be nominated for the prestigious award.

"I do not petition for this nomination because Malala survived a rabid attack by the Taliban. I put forth her name because of what she represents to the civilised world.
Malala''s choice to stand tall in the face of evil has sent a clear message: all girls, indeed all children, have the right to education," he said.

"After only three days, Bonnie''s campaign had more than 11,000 signatures -- it''s clear that nominating Malala for her courage and activism is resonating with people," Rachel La Bruyere, deputy campaign director at Change.org, said.

"The United States has joined a true global movement, and a nomination for Malala would send a clear message that the world stands with her and with all girls working against incredible odds to achieve the basic right of an education," he said.

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