Thousands of people have called for schoolgirl blogger Malala Yousafzai to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The 15-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban after fighting for girls' right to education in Pakistan, has the support of more than 60,000 people backing a petition to nominate her for the prestigious award.

The call comes ahead of this Saturday's global day of action marking one month since Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban.

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Malala wrote a blog for the BBC about atrocities committed under Taliban rule

In the UK, Shahida Choudhary is campaigning for the Prime Minister and prominent politicians to write to the Nobel committee to recommend Malala.

Ms Choudhary said: "Malala doesn't just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender.

"There are girls like Malala in the UK and across the world. I was one of them.

"I started this petition because a Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for the right of girls to get an education."

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Malala wrote under the pen name Gul Makai because it was too dangerous to reveal her real name

Ms Choudhary also fought for her education when she was taken out of school in the UK aged 16 and forced into a marriage in Pakistan.

She escaped back to the UK, returned to education aged 28, and now runs a network in Birmingham to support women in similar situations.

Malala, who is widely known as a campaigner for girls' education in Pakistan, was attacked with two other schoolgirls travelling home from school in the Swat Valley last month.

The gunman who boarded the van in which she was travelling asked for her by name before firing three shots at her.

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Malala was handed the country's first National Peace Award in December by Pakistan's previous Prime Minister PM Yousaf Raza Gillani

In early 2009, she wrote an anonymous blog about life under the Taliban, who had banned all girls in her area from attending school.

The global petition to have Malala nominated, on Change.org, was started in Canada by Tarek Fatah, a writer and broadcaster.

It has already achieved support from Canada's four largest political parties and has been replicated by supporters in other countries, including France and Spain.

The Nobel Committee rules states that members of national assemblies and governments are able to make nominations for the prize.

Nominations close in February.

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    People rush a school girl who was shot and wounded when unknown gunmen fired at a vehicle carrying Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats to a hospital in Mingora Swat Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/HASEEB ALI

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    A wounded Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, is moved to a helicopter to be taken to Peshawar for treatment in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistanís volatile Swat Valley Tuesday and shot and wounded a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.(AP Photo/Sherin Zada)

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

  • A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban th

    A handout picture released by the Pakistani military Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on 09 October 2012 shows Army doctors treating Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls education despite Taliban threats after she was shot and wounded in Swat following her shifting to Peshawar Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize.

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  • Malala Yousafzai

    People rush a school girl who was shot and wounded when unknown gunmen fired at a vehicle carrying Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats to a hospital in Mingora Swat Pakistan 09 October 2012. Gunmen ambushed a van carrying Malala Yousafzai and several of her schoolmates in the Swat Valley s main town of Mingora. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/HASEEB ALI

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    A picture made available on 09 October 2012 shows Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad Pakistan 08 March 2012. Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in Swat on 09 October 2012. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize. EPA/T. MUGHAL

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    A handout picture made available by the Press Information Department on 09 October 201 shows Malala Yousafzai (L) receiving National Youth Peace Prize from Pakistan s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad Pakistan 20 December 2012. Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani teenager who won international praise for advocating girls’ education despite Taliban threats was shot and wounded by unknown gunmen in Swat on 09 October 2012. Pakistan awarded her the first-ever National Peace Award last year in recognition for her struggle for girls’ education which the Taliban banned after seizing control of the Swat valley. She was also nominated for the International Children s Peace Prize