The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their struggle against the suppression of children and their education.
Two years ago, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan. After recovering from her wounds, Malala has taken her cause and campaign on the world stage, most notably her speech at the UN last year.
Through her struggle, Malala has become a leading global spokesperson for girls’ rights to an education. At 17 years old, she is the youngest recipient of The Nobel Peace Prize.
Kailash Satyarthi, age 60, has devoted his life fighting against global child labor and child slavery. He said, “The single aim of my life is that every child is free to be a child.” He continued, “We live in an age of rapid globalization…”Let us globalize compassion.”
Malala said she wants the Prime Ministers of both Pakistan and India to attend the awards ceremony together. Peace between their two nations will help them both in their work for justice for all children.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “The true winners today are the world’s children.”