Malala Yousufzai, 13, beat 93 contestants from 42 countries to be nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2011. The class 8 student became the first Pakistani to be nominated for the prize, and if selected, she will be given the award by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu.
The prize is presented to a child with exceptional capabilities whose remarkable acts and thoughts have made a difference in countering problems that affect children around the world. The prize was first launched at the Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit 2005 and was initiated by the Dutch Organisation KidsRights.
The other four nominated for the award are: Liza (17) from Palestine, Michaela (17) from South Africa, Nikolay (17) from Armenia and Winfred (14) from Uganda. One of the five nominees will be rewarded with the prize on November 21 (today) and will become the seventh child to get the prize.
Malala was nominated because she alone raised her voice for girls’ education during the mayhem in Swat, in which girls were not only banned from attaining schools and colleges, but their schools were destroyed as well. She successfully used national and international media to let the world know about violations of their rights. She fought bravely for girls’ rights in the militancy-hit Swat, focusing on their right to education.
She begins to think she will not be carried unscarred, untorn into any heaven. Wants someone to hold her while she burns.
- Rishma Dunlop
And before Hector?
Is it strange if she says nothing?
There is a past, to the extent that everyone must have a past but she doesn’t think of it (the un-drawn outline she must have been). Marnie Madden put those things aside the day she married, a kind of passing as her father gave her to her husband (and her husband gave her back).
Okay, so I just LOVE this response I got on a short wug test I did with non-standard derivations with a few of my friends.
Me: This is a wug. Now there is another one. There are two of them. There are two… Friend: wugs. Me: This is a wug. This is a small wug. You would call a small wug a… Friend: wig. Me: This is a wug. This is a big wug. You would call a big wug a… Friend: wog.
If you don’t get it, this subject displayed sound symbolism in her response. Some sounds, like [ɪ] and [i], are considered “small” (i.e. itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, etc.), while others, like [u] and [ɑ], are considered “big” (i.e. huge, large, etc.). Funnily enough, the words “small” and “big” themselves are exceptions to these rules.
Another interesting test of sound symbolism is this one:
Which of these two figures would you call a bouba, and which would you call a kiki ?
Most people answer pretty similarly. Sound symbolism is a fascinating study. I wish I had more time to work with it, but I thought it was really cool that my friend used this in her responses without my prompting her to do so.