Spoiler alert, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai did not win the Nobel Peace Prize. But you probably already knew that since the “internet” is super bummed about it, and when I say “internet” I mean those who communicate in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Tweet pundits said that Malala Yousafzai was “robbed,” the fact she didn’t win was “ridiculous” and that “passing on Malala is an opportunity immeasurably missed.”
But should we really be that upset that the young woman did not win the coveted prize? Malala was favored to win the prize, which went instead to The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. No, we should not be up in arms, as Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC said, “This young woman is just getting started.” Had she won, it would have been amazing timing. The announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize was made (just by coincidence) on the International Day of the Girl, her book – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban– came out this week, and she is just 16-years-old, which would have made her the youngest Nobel prize winner ever.
Dhiya Kuriakose of The Guardian wrote (before the announcement) in a piece titled, Malala Yousafzai is Inspiring, But I Hope She Doesn’t Win the Nobel Peace Prize that,”If we give her now what is arguably the world’s highest honor for peace, how will we laud the fight that she is so determined to win if and when she does?” Malala would not take the million bucks, drop the mic and say, “peace out!” No, her fight would continue, but winning the Nobel Peace Prize might take a bit of urgency out of her plight. She already has a platform and people are listening, even a seasoned host like Jon Stewart was in awe of her. Yes, it would have been a history making moment if the brave young woman would have won, but we should not be upset. She has so much more to do and her battle continues, she has plenty of time to win the Novel Peace Prize another time.
The Telegraph agreed that we shouldn’t be disappointed that she didn’t win saying: “She is a future world leader, no doubt. Her skills at getting a message across and inspiring change cannot be wasted. Big things are ahead. So we mustn’t be sad or disappointed that Malala didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the new voice of her generation and has a lifetime of achievements ahead of her.”
She has great things ahead, Malala Yousafzai doesn’t need the Nobel Prize, but one thing for sure, the world needs Malala Yousafzai.
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