Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai among nominees

Tue, Dec 11, 2012, 00:00

US secretary of state Hilary Clinton is among a shortlist of nominees for the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Awards which has been announced by Tipperary Peace Convention.

There are five nominees for the award.

Another nominee is Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who wrote about her desire to go to school without fear in a part of the country where the Taliban had once imposed Sharia law.

As a result of her statements and writings, Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. Eventually airlifted to a hospital in Britain, she survived her severe wounds and is reported to be making a good recovery.

Others on the list are president of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, Indian politician and widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi; the former Kenyan journalist John Githongo, who investigated bribery and fraud in his home country and later, under the presidency of Mwai Kibaki, took on an official governmental position to fight corruption; and Pax Christi International, the Catholic human rights and peace organisation.