Malala Yousafzai, the young advocate for women’s access to education, has won more acclaim recently as a finalist for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Malala was a popular favorite for the prize, which the Nobel committee awarded last week to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for its work in eliminating chemical weapons around the world since its formation in 1997.
Malala, at 15 the prize’s youngest nominee ever, was shot, along with her classmates, a year ago by Talibani gunmen in Pakistan who entered her school bus. She has been an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s anti-female actions.
A version of this article appeared in the October 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as Youngest Nobel Finalist Advocates Girls’ Education