Ever since she was shot in the head by a Taliban assassin, has the women’s education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai fast-tracked into the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize shortlist?
By: Ringo Bones
Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old girl who campaigned for girl’s and women’s education rights campaigner from Pakistan got inadvertently catapulted to worldwide fame when she defied a local despotic Taliban edict of her hometown in the Swat Valley region and got shot in the head by a Taliban assassin back in October 2012. Fortunately, she survived the assassination attempt and has since in recovery after an extensive medical operation in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Malala Yousafzai’s assassination attempt and recovery not only catapulted her into the global stage but also her cause s well of women’s educational rights in a largely despotic and misogynistic Taliban run tribal region of Swat Valley in Pakistan. Has it also fast-tracked her to the shortlist of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize?
Malala Yousafzai may had been fast-tracked into the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize shortlist may be good news for those with concerns over those places ran by despotic and misogynic theocracies with Al-Qaeda sympathies whose women were treated like second-class citizens. But some people may play the “Devil’s Advocate” role on Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize credentials because she had “skipped ahead” of other Nobel Peace Prize worthy people that had since in line for their own Nobel Peace Prize since 2010, like Uyghur human rights campaigner Rebiya Kadeer. Though given the circumstances involved, Rebiya Kadeer probably doesn’t mind if Malala Yousafzai was the one who will win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.