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Pakistan's Dawn newspaper is reporting that Malala Yousafzai has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize:
Fifteen-year-old Malala was shot by Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) gunmen at point blank range as she travelled on a bus to school on October 9, targeted for promoting girls’ education.
She has since become an internationally recognised symbol of opposition to the Taliban’s drive to deny women education, and against religious extremism.
“A prize to Malala would not only be timely and fitting with a line of awards to champions of human rights and democracy, but also … would set both children and education on the peace and conflict agenda,” said the head of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Kristian Berg Harpviken.
Dawn also reveals this interesting factoid about the rules governing Nobel nominations:
Trying to predict who will win the Nobel Peace Prize is a difficult task, complicated by the fact that the list of nominees each year is kept secret for 50 years.
But thousands of people are eligible to nominate candidates – including former laureates, members of parliament and government around the world, some university professors, and members of certain international organisations – and they are allowed to reveal the names they have put forward.
A Nobel Peace Prize would offer powerful encouragement to other girls fighting for the right to an education.
Never forget: the Taliban is frightened of 15-year-old girls.