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Tens Of Thousands Of People Around The World Sign Petition For Malala Yousafzai To Be Honoured With
November 9, 2012
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The world is continuing to show support for Malala Yousafzai, a month after she was shot in the head by the Taliban.

As of today, tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for Malala to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who is 15 now, has campaigned for girls education in Pakistan since she was 11 years old.

At the time, the Taliban had taken control of Pakistan's Swat Valley and started closing or bombing girls' schools.

In the U.K., campaigner Shahida Choudhary told the BBC she set up the petition "because a Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching".

If you want to sign it, click here.

As well, tomorrow has been declared a global day of action in Malala's name.

The goal is to make education available to 32 million girls around the world, who aren't going to school.

The campaign is being organized by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Brown is in Islamabad to talk about ways of getting all Pakistani girls into the education system.

He also plans to give Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari a petition with more than one million signatures, urging him to make education available to all children, regardless of gender.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has backed Brown's campaign.

In a video message on the UN's website, he says "Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl's right to an education.

"On 10 November, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school.

"I am adding my voice to the messages from over one million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship."

Today, Malala's father - who is visiting her in the U.K. - issued a statement on behalf of his daughter.

"She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being," Ziauddin Yousafzai said.

"We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, colour and creed."

"She wants me to tell you she has been inspired, and humbled by the thousands of messages, cards and gifts. They have helped her survive and stay strong," he said.

"Malala stands for the human dignity, tolerance and pluralism. She has drawn with her sacred blood a clear line between barbarity and human civilization. Her voice is the voice of the people of Pakistan and all downtrodden and deprived children of the world."

Celebrities including Madonna and Angelina Jolie have publicly supported Malala, as well.

She and two other girls were shot as they made their way home from school on a bus last month. The gunman who came on-board asked for Malala by name, then fired three shots at her.

Doctors in Pakistan did surgery to remove a bullet that grazed her brain. Later, she was flown to a specialist trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England.

Doctors there she's recovering well.

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