October 11, 2014
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2014
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Malala Yousafzai, now 17, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan for campaigning for girls’ education. She now lives in Birminghan in the UK.
She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education. She is the youngest ever winner of the prize.
Malala said she was "honoured" to receive the award, saying it made her feel "more powerful and courageous".
She revealed she found out the news after being called out of her chemistry class at her school in Birmingham.
Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi. He has headed various forms of peaceful protests, "focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain," the committee said at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
The 60-year-old founded the organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement, which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking. So far his organization has freed over 80,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education.
Reacting to the news, Mr Satyarthi told the BBC: "It's a great honour for all the Indians, it's an honour for all those children who have been still living in slavery despite of all the advancement in technology, market and economy. "And I dedicate this award to all those children in the world."
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