Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Great Ideas, Naming Girl Shooting Victim Who Wanted Education for Nobel Peace Prize

Does anyone know what happened to the other two girls the BBC reported were shot along with this courageous young woman?  The BBC never said.  If those girls died then a concrete way to show the value of a girl's life And struggle for education would be to have their families share in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.  I suggested this when I signed the petition.

But when I think of children who struggle against impossible odds to learn I cannot help but think of the young woman Precious, about which a book was written and a movie was made.  I have never ceased admiring and respecting her accomplishments, since I read the book last year.

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for fighting for girls' right to education. Call on Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice to nominate Malala for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Sign Bonnie's Petition

One month ago, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.
Malala's crime? She wanted to go to school, and ran a campaign in Pakistan to help
girls gain access to education.
Malala has been an activist for years -- when she was 11, she worked as an anonymous
blogger for the BBC to expose information about her Taliban-ruled area of Pakistan.
Now, even as she recovers from being shot in the head, Malala says, "All I want is
an education. And I'm afraid of no one."
In response to Malala's extraordinary courage, people all over the world are calling
for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Bonnie Lloyd, a professor of sociology in Rochester, New York, started a petition on Change.org asking Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize. Click here to sign Bonnie's petition.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been used for decades to bring global attention to important
issues, from landmines to apartheid to the US civil rights movement. Bonnie believes
the time is right to focus on girls being denied the right to go to school, and honoring
Malala's bravery is a great way to do that.
"The hopes and dreams of girls throughout the world are no longer hidden – yet there
is much to do, as Malala’s wounds attest," Bonnie says about her petition. "
By nominating Malala Yousafzai, these global leaders will send a clear message: We
stand with Malala and with girls everywhere in their fight for the right to equal
opportunity through education."
As two of the highest ranking women in the history of US government, a nomination
for Malala from Secretaries Clinton and Rice would be a strong signal to the global
community that Malala's fight is important to people in the US.
Secretary Clinton has responded to petitions on Change.org before -- last year, she
publicly declared support for Saudi women's right to drive for the first time and
credited a Change.org petition. Bonnie believes that if enough people sign her petition,
Secretaries Clinton and Rice will take a stand to support Malala and girls all over
the world who just want to go to school.
Click here to sign Bonnie's petition calling on Hillary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice to nominate Malala Yousafzai for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Thanks for being a change-maker,
- Rachel and the Change.org team

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