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La premio Nobel de la Paz Malala Yousafzai. Suzanne Plunkett (REUTERS)

Tenía 17 años, la persona más joven que subía a recoger un Premio Nobel, aupada en sus altos tacones, gracias a los cuales consiguió medir cinco pies y dos pulgadas. Ni un murmullo en el auditorio al escuchar la decidida voz de Malala, la niña paquistaní a quien los talibanes habían descerrajado el cráneo por su empecinamiento en querer estudiar. Escuchándola, entre el ilustre público, también estaban Shazia y Kainat Riaz, disparadas junto a ella en el valle de Swat. Y Kainat Somro, otra amiga del alma cuyo hermano fue asesinado por los terroristas. “Sobrevivimos. Y desde aquel día nuestras voces no han hecho más que crecer”.…  Seguir leyendo »

How Pakistan Fails Its Children

To truly understand Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, we need to understand the place she comes from.

Ms. Yousafzai is from Pakistan. The day Taliban terrorists shot her in the head she was on her way to school. Pakistan’s schools, its teachers and its education system are in such a desperate state of rot that the mere act of making one’s way to school, especially for young girls, is an extraordinary act of courage and faith.

Pakistan has a population of nearly 200 million people, of whom roughly one-fourth, or 52 million, are between the ages of 5 and 16.…  Seguir leyendo »

At 16, Malala Yousafzai has done what many human rights campaigners can only dream of. She's cut through the jargon, the muddled rhetoric and unfortunate bureaucracy that can, sadly, so often be associated with a 'good cause', and managed to get people everywhere talking about one of the biggest issues facing young girls worldwide: their right to education.

Malala may not have won a Nobel Peace Prize this morning, but does it really matter? The OPCW, the body overseeing destruction of Syria's chemical weapons gained the coveted prize in Oslo on Friday, disappointing many who believed Malala was a firm favourite to win.…  Seguir leyendo »