Yousafzai: Time is on my side

The 16-year-old says she has a lot of work to do before claiming the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai speaks at UN headquarters in New York. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - With under an hour to go until this year's Nobel Peace Prize Winner is announced, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai says she still has a lot of work to do before she can claim to deserve the accolade.

The 16-year-old teenager was shot by the Taliban last year for her education for girls' campaign.

Yousafzai says although she'd be proud to receive the prize, it's still a bit early for her to be considered.

She told a New York audience that winning would help her begin campaigning for girls' education, but she wants to work hard for it

"I'll be feeling confident to tell people that I have built schools, I have done teachers' training, and I'll be feeling proud. And then if I get a Nobel Peace Prize, I'll say I deserve it somehow. But still, I need to work hard."

Other contenders include a Democratic Republic of Congo doctor who treated thousands of women who were gang-raped and tortured during the civil war, a trio of Russian human rights activists, Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin, and Guatemala's first female Attorney-General.