Why Malala should have won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 12, 2013 by

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Congratulations to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for winning the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It’s a worthy winner. As would have the other people thought to be leading contenders, including Russian human rights activists and a physician in Congo who has long fought against sexual violence.

But there was another nominee who would have been equally deserving and a more electrifying choice for the 2013 prize: 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who has for several years advocated for the right of girls to get an education and who nearly died after being shot by Taliban gunmen who don’t want girls attending school.


Alfred Nobel said in his will establishing the annual Nobel Prizes that he wanted “champions of peace” to be rewarded with the Nobel Prize. Advocating for girls’ education is seen by many as perhaps the best long-term approach to achieving peace; Secretary of State John Kerry has said that “gender equality is critical to our shared goals of prosperity, stability and peace.” Indeed, research has made it clear that educating girls and women leads to more stable and economically viable communities.

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