Malala Yousafzai, the 16-yr-old Pakistani school girl who survived a gunshot attack by the Taliban when she was 15-yrs-old has missed out on this year’s Nobel Peace Prize award.
The award was instead given to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for their work in ridding the world of chemical weapons.
The Pakistani school girl, who had been living in the UK ever since her successful surgery following the attack on her, had been the bookmakers favourite to win the award.
Malala would have been the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize award winner.
Since the age of fourteen, Malala had been an advocate for women education, especially in the Swat valley region of Pakistan where she lived before her attack, but the Taliban believed educating women was forbidden by the Islamic faith.
Her advocacy for women education made her a target for the Taliban who ambushed her and some of her friends on their way back from school, shot her in the head and left her for dead last November.
She was flown to the UK for emergency surgery and made a dramatic recovery.
The attack has not deterred her from her campaign for women to be educated.
She recently won the 2013 EU Sakharov human rights prize awarded by the European Parliament annually in memory of Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.