Malala and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize for defending children’s rights

Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award Malala and Mr Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Malala who is only 17 years old, becomes the youngest ever recipient of Nobel Peace Prize. She was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.

“Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay 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. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

The committee praised Mr Satyarthi’s “great personal courage” saying that maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, he “has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”

“He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights,” the committee added.

The committee said it was important that a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in a common struggle for education and against extremism.

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