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Malala leads TIME’s Person of the Year list
 
 
 

LAHORE – Malala Yousafzai has topped TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year 2012 list so far.As many as 433 people have been voted in favour of Malala, while just 68 voted against her. Malala has even outnumbered a lot of world leaders including US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Malala, who has gained 87% votes in her favour, has topped the list of 38 world leaders and celebrities. Malala became a world celebrity when a documentary was made on her, which also highlighted her vision of providing education to every girl especially the girls of Taliban-stricken areas. On October 9, this year, the intrepid girl was shot in the head by the Taliban militants, who want to kill her for showing courage to promote education. Two other friends of Malala were also wounded when they were going to their school.TIME magazine chooses a world figure every year as its Person of the Year. TIME’s editors select the person but the magazine also gives the readers a chance to vote their favourite personality. This year the voting will be closed on December 12 and winner will be announced on December 14.Sixth on Global Thinkers’ list:Foreign Policy, an American magazine, has placed Malala Yousafzai at the sixth spot in its top 100 Global Thinkers’ list.Malalahas been honoured by the FP owing to her untiring efforts for standing up to the Taliban and everything they represent, the magazine stated.It is astonishing to see Malala Yousafzai ahead of the international leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many more in the list of Global thinkers.Former Pakistani ambassador to US Husain Haqqani and his wife Farahnaz Ispahani are also placed in the influential list at 61.Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein have jointly topped the list followed by Moncef Marzouki, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Sebastian Thrun, Bill Gates and so on.Acknowledged by Unesco:Unesco,the UN agency tasked with promoting education, will stage a high-level advocacy event aimed at mobilising a deeper commitment to educating girls and celebrating the courage of young girls like Malala Yousufzai on December 10, it was announced in Paris on Sunday. Unesco Director General Irina Bokova made this announcement in her message marking the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women 2012.Bokova said, “The world was shocked by the brutal attack on October 9 on Malala Yousafzaifor claiming her right and that of other girls to education. This attack has highlighted the prevalence of violence against girls and women. The story of Malala Yousafzai is sadly far from unique. Across the world, girls and women face violence as they try to exercise their basic rights, including that of education.” Violence and its threat is one of the key factors forcing girls to drop out of school, she said. “This is a violation of individual human rights that undermine the health of the whole society. Unesco is working to eliminate all forms of violence – physical, psychological and economic. We start by promoting the right to education for all girls and women in societies across the world, including especially in and after conflict situations,” Bokova said. 

 
 
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