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Malala will be considered for Nobel prize, hopes Jolie

October 17, 2012


The UNHCR’s special envoy said that the terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education.   — File Photo by Reuters

Actress Angelina Jolie, in an article published on an international news website, appreciated the efforts of 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai who was shot by the Taliban for promoting women's education.

Jolie appealed to international organisations to collect funds for the rights of Pakistani women and children.

According to Jolie, her children also felt for Malala:  “Our eight-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, and fittingly create a reading nook near it.”

The UNHCR’s special envoy said that the terrible event marked the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education, adding that, she considered Malala to be a suitable candidate to receive the Nobel Committee's award.

“As the Nobel Committee meets to determine the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration,” said the Hollywood star.

The teenage peace campaigner and National Peace Award winner Malala Yousufzai was attacked by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Oct 9, as she was returning from her school in the Mingora town of Swat valley. The militants said that they attacked the girl for her anti-Taliban and ‘secular’ agenda. Reports said Malala’s life was now out of danger, having undergone surgery in a military hospital.

Malala has been in a stable condition on her first full day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being flown to the city in central England in an air ambulance on Oct 15.