The winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced later today. Our money is on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai.
Malala began blogging when she was only 11 years old about the need for education for all members of society, even girls. She had watched the Taliban come into her area, Swat Valley, and make changes that were at first well received. Very soon, though, the Taliban showed their true colors and started destroying schools, among other horrors.
In 2012, Malala was marked for death by the Taliban and was shot while riding home from school on the bus. She was moved to England for treatment of her wounds and today is strong and fighting for the rights of all children, and especially girls, throughout the world to have access to education. She has already won international prizes for her activism, and has a best-selling book, “I am Malala: The Girl who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,” the proceeds of which go to Malala Fund.
Watch this interview of the poised, passionate 16-year-old, who is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.