Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner, Kailash Satyarthi, an have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala, 17 emerges the youngest person ever to win the Nobel peace peace.
She was catapulted to international fame after being shot by the Taliban in Pakistan – because of her campaign for girls’ education.
Mr Satyarthi on the other hand has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the committee said at the announcement in Oslo.
The 60-year-old founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement, which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking.
The Nobel committee praised the pair’s “struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.
The committee said it was important that a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in what it called a common struggle for education and against extremism.
Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, while paying tribute to Malala’s achievements, described her as exceptional.
“Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations,” he said.
“This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”
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