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Page23 October 2012 at 2:54amPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Nobel Peace Prize for Malala
Petitioning Leader of the Official Opposition
This petition will be delivered to:
Thomas Mulcair Leader of the Official Opposition
Bob Rae Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Elizabeth May Leader of the Green Party
Nobel Foundation Nobel Prize Comiittee
Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada
Two weeks ago 14-year old Malala Yusufzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere.
Her bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous work.
The first step in this process is to get Malala nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Only certain people, like a Member of Parliament, are allowed put forward nominations. To make a major statement and to show that Canadians believe in Malala's work, we need all Canadian political party leaders and members to unanimously nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize for her incredible work and bravery.
I have spoken with Bob Rae, Leader of the Liberal Party, this morning about the petition and he said he is ready to throw his support behind the campaign.
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 that includes the right of education for girls.
(Don't have to be Canadian to sign the petition)
Page26 October 2012 at 8:06pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
Shot Pakistani girl "will rise again": father
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - The father of a Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education said on Friday his daughter was strong and would "rise again" to pursue her dreams after receiving treatment in a British hospital.
Malala Yousufzai, 15, was flown from Pakistan to the British city of Birmingham to receive specialist treatment after the October 9 attack which drew widespread international condemnation.
She has become a powerful symbol of resistance to the radical Islamist group's effort to deny women an education.
Her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai, and other family members flew to Britain on Thursday to help their daughter's recovery.
"They wanted to kill her. But she fell temporarily. She will rise again. She will stand again," he said, his voice wavering and breaking with emotion as he spoke.
"It's a miracle for us ... She was in a very bad condition," he told reporters, sitting alongside his son.
"She is improving with encouraging speed."
Yousufzai began standing up to the Pakistani Taliban when she was 11, when the Islamabad government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley where she lives to the militants.
She has been in critical condition since gunmen shot her in the head and neck as she left school in Swat, northwest of Islamabad.
British doctors say she has every chance of making a good recovery at the special hospital unit, expert in dealing with complex trauma cases. It has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
Her father said he and his family cried when they were finally reunited with Malala on Thursday. "We are very happy," he said. "I pray for her."
Page26 October 2012 at 8:13pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
She is the symbol of hope for us in Pakistan. She embodies courage, and emancipation. She must be recognised for all she has stood for.
Rainbow City, AL
At 14 years old, Malala has shown an incredible amount of courage in the face of adversity, and has literally put her life on the line to stand up for basic human rights. She deserves this honor.
The world needs more and more children like Malala to show the importance of education for girls.
West Linn, OR
As a Muslim woman, I support this petition. AND, it is not only the Islamic countries that are filled with misogynists. We must rid the world of gender-based discrimation and violence - including Western drones that also kill and maime women and children. Let Malala be a wake up for ALL OF US.
Malala is our pride and the symbol of pashtoon resistance against the paid fanatics and their violence imbued ideology.
sorry the other link (a picture of Malala before the attack) doesn't work
Such a brave little girl, we take so much for granted here, like an education for girls - she fought for an education and nearly lost her life because of it.
38,970 supporters so far
Page30 October 2012 at 11:32pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
A different petition:
I Am Malala
Malala, 14, was shot giving her all to get girls in school. Support Malala below and sign up now.
We call on Pakistan to agree a plan to deliver education for every child.
We call on all countries to outlaw discrimination against girls.
We call on international organizations to ensure the world’s 61 million out of school children are in education by the end of 2015.
Malala Yousafzai's courage can start new movement for global education
Solidarity with Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai could show leaders they must deliver on pledge of education for girls
Less than two weeks after being left for dead by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai is standing up on her own two feet.
Her remarkable progress, reported by doctors at the specialist unit of a brilliant hospital that I know well – Queen Elizabeth, in Selly Oak, Birmingham – reveals yet another dimension of the courage and resilience of the world's most famous 14-year-old girl.
Today, signatures on the Malala petition – led by the UN education envoy site, Avaaz, Women of the World and others, and reached on iammalala.org – are approaching 1m. The petition calls for action to ensure every girl has a place at school in Pakistan and around the world. It is directed to Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari, and to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.
I will present the petition to the president during a trip to Pakistan on 10 November, a month after Malala's shooting. This day has been designated as a global day of action for Malala – and I'm calling on you to make your voice heard in support of this amazing young woman and in support of the cause that she championed.
Malala's story, portrayed in a film on educationenvoy.org, is being told around the world. Footage of her in tears explaining that she wants to be a doctor but is unable to go to school has understandably captured the imagination of girls everywhere.
Not just the British people, who are offering the best specialist medical care, but the whole world is wishing Malala well. Determined to ensure that their message is heard at the highest levels of the Pakistani government, the campaign is being supported by friends of Malala, who are wearing "I am Malala" T-shirts across Asia and in the west.
Malala is being adopted as every child's sister and every parent's daughter. For one Malala shot and temporarily silenced, there are now thousands of younger Malalas ready to come forward who will not be silenced.
Page30 October 2012 at 11:41pmPosts: 814 (0 today)Status: offline
One of the comments on this (third) petition
Name: Thomas Millington on Oct 19, 2012
Comments: In the words of Peter Gabriel, "You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire, once the flames begin to catch the wind will blow it higher." Let's make sure we fan Malala's inspirational spark into a roaring flame of support.
Honoring Malala Yousafzai
“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one." With these words a remarkable young woman, Malala Yousafzai, captured the attention of the world, not only for the admiration she has for education, but for the incredible courage she has shown despite the situation she is in. Demonstrating a maturity beyond her 14 years, Malala has demonstrated to us all the power of education. Now it is up to us to continue advocating for Malala and others like her.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is one of the few organizations that can take action to recognize the bravery and extraordinary commitment of this young woman. We, the members of NAFSA, call on the association to take action to honor Malala Yousafzai in one of several ways:
Issue a public statement recognizing Malala Yousafzai and condemning the attack on her life;
Invite her family to the annual NAFSA conference to be honored by the international education community;
Create an award in the name of Malala Yousafzai to honor young educators in countries doing similar work to promote education against difficult circumstances.