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Canada starts Nobel Peace Prize petition for Malala

by FP Staff  Oct 25, 2012 14:25 IST

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Earlier this month 15-year-old Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai 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.

Malala Yousufzai.

Now, Malala's courage has triggered a petition to get her the Nobel Peace Prize. The petition was initiated by Canada-based activist Tarek Fatah.

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, Fatah writes, all Canadian federal party leaders must unanimously nominate Malala for her incredible work and bravery.

Here is the link to the entire petition.

On Monday Liberal Canadian leader Bob Rae backed the petition and on Tuesday Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney voiced his support for it as well.

"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", the petition reads.

Philosopher Richard Dawkins has also shown his support by signing the petition and has urged his followers on social networking site Twitter to share the petition and bring the Nobel closer to Malala.