We Are Malala
Petitioning Nobel Prize Committee
Nobel Peace Prize for Malala
After tens of thousands of Canadians and even more people from around the world signed a petition on Change.org they got every single party leader, including the Prime Minister, to get behind the campaign to unanimously nominate Malala Yusufzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.
This is pretty exciting! When you start a petition you hope for a few hundred signatures and maybe find one or two politicians to support your cause. But imagine all of our federal parties who hardly ever agree on anything, end up supporting the campaign, in this case, for a girl half a world away.
Here is what our political leaders had to say about Malala:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“Laureen and I are pleased to support Malala Yousafzai, a determined young woman who has done so much to promote education and women’s rights in her native Pakistan. All Canadians salute her courage and tenacity and wish her well in her recovery.” — Prime Minister Stephen Harper
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair
“Sixty-four years ago the international community signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…Sixty-four years later, women are still not equal. Acknowledging Malala would reaffirm the world community’s commitment to women’s empowerment and equality for all persons.” — From the NDP nomination letter by MP Paul Dewar
Liberal Leader Bob Rae
“Around the world, from country to country, we are seeing the emergence of a growing movement in support of Malala…(She) is an inspiration to us all.” — Bob Rae
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May
“I am so inspired by her bravery and idealism. We must all re-commit to ensure the rights of all women and girls.” — Elizabeth May
Bloc Québécois Leader Daniel Paillé
“Tens of thousands of Canadians, Quebecers and people from other countries have signed this petition. Malala’s courage and tenacity have inspired people around the world and awarding her the Nobel Peace Prize would take us one step closer towards a more peaceful and just society.” –Daniel Paillé
Here’s the New York Times post for Nov 9, 2012 entitled, “Pakistani Girl, Continuing Her Recovery, Reads in Hospital,
By CHRISTINE HAUSER.
Abbotsford Green Space
I have been going around Abbotsford for the last few weeks talking to everyone about our city parks and green space. There is broad agreement among local schools and churches, (and even businessmen, and municipal politicians) coming together to support our next community garden and green space development. And while it does not quite serve the global community that Malala is reaching, it has the potential to do lots of good things locally, in any city that creates a community garden project. This is a good moment to remind everyone that the Abbotsford Farmer’s Market is staying open this winter, to continue to provide good food from local sources. The next TED video is a eleven-year-old student giving a brave talk about our increasingly industrialized food system.
Universal Children’s Day and Feeding 9 Billion
I received a half dozen comments and pingbacks from my Nov 6th post about Universal Children’s Day, which was nice. I received a note from UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, which promotes and coordinates this special day, and also works towards improving children’s welfare. Another blogger about the Children’s Day was a PhD candidate from the University of Guelph. He posted the next video from Dr. Evans at the university, who is working on the problem of how to feed nine billion people. Cool video. Check it out.