Nobel for Malala? Thousands Sign Petition

Backers hope she gets formally nominated for peace prize

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 9, 2012 4:17 PM CST

(Newser) – As Malala Yousufzai continues her recovery in a UK hospital, more than 90,000 supporters hope the Pakistani teenager has a big honor in store next year: the Nobel Peace Prize. A petition at Change.org to get the 15-year-old nominated for the honor is drawing support from around the world, reports the BBC. Malala was shot in the head last month by Taliban gunmen after becoming an outspoken advocate of girls' education.

"In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere," reads the petition.

This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows Malala Yousufzai.
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows Malala Yousufzai.   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital)
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows  Malala Yousufzai with her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai.
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham shows Malala Yousufzai with her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai.   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital)
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, shows Malala Yousufzai.
This undated photo released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, shows Malala Yousufzai.   (AP Photo/Queen Elizabeth Hospital)
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