Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girls’ rights activist, was officially nominated for a 2013 Nobel Peace Prize by three members of the Norwegian parliament last Friday.
Malala first rose to prominence at the tender age of eleven when she began writing a BBC blog where she documented her life under Taliban rule. She made international headlines last October when the Taliban, who felt threatened by her promoting education for girls, nearly killed her by shooing her in the head. She went through multiple surgeries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the UK and was just released from the hospital this week. Malala recently released a statement saying that she plans to continue her activism despite all that she’s been through.
“I want to serve the people,” she stated in a short video released on Monday. “I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”
Since the attack, Malala has become a symbol of the fight for women’s rights in areas where extremist ideologies rule. She was a runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year and recently announced the creation of The Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to promoting girls’ education. The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded this October. If Malala were to win, she would be the youngest recipient of the award, beating current record holder Tawakkol Karman, who was thirty-two when he received it in 2011. Other reported nominees include Belarusian Ales Belyatski and Russian Lyudmila Alexeyeva.