Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

On October 2014, at just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her resolute determination to ensure girls and children all over the world are entitled to an education. Her now internationally recognised activism began with a gunshot to the head by a Taliban member in October 2012, because of her demands for girls in Pakistan to be able to go to school. Since then, Malala has been pushed into the limelight and has delivered speeches worldwide, including the United Nations. It is with no doubt that such recognition made her Nobel Peace Prize victory inevitable at some point, but nobody would have thought she’d get it at such a young age.

However, even though the majority are fully supportive of Malala’s efforts and subsequent success, there are a minority that are rather vocal about their criticisms of her, not least because they feel Malala was not deserving of such an accolade. It is well known that the West have been backing Malala ever since she got shot by the Taliban, unsurprising, given that both share a common rival that they wish to defeat. Therefore the question arises, who are her critics if not the West?  Well, it seems the people that do not support her are in fact people from her home country, Pakistan.

Whilst many will raise their eyebrows at this fact, it is fully understandable why a minority in Pakistan dislike her. First of all, it is incredibly likely that Malala’s critics believe she has created a bad name for Pakistan due to her strong claims that essentially girls in Pakistan do not get the education they deserve and that this is untrue.  Another reason as to why Malala’s critics shun her Nobel Prize triumph is simply because they think she did not deserve it, as there are far worthy recipients within Pakistan such as drone strike victims and long serving humanitarian worker, Abdul Sattar Edhi. Others argue that she is too young and has not yet proved that she is worthy of the Peace Prize with only one year’s worth of activism.

However all of her critics aside, it is to be noted that they are but a minority compared to the vast amount of people that support her. Indeed for the Muslim world, Malala’s Nobel Laureate status now means that overall there are 7 winners of the peace prize including the likes of Yasser Arafat and Shirin Ebadi. The majority would argue that Malala Yousafzai has done her nation proud.

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