Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, who were both awarded the 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 was shot in the head by Taliban gunman in 2012 for advocating for girls’ rights to education. She survived and became a leading spokesperson for the education of girls all over the world. At 17 year old, Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Kailash Satyarthi dedicated his life to rescuing children from slavery when he was 26 years old. Now 60 years old, Satyarthi continues to lead raids on factories that exploit children, and is at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and child labor.
The Nobel Committee, who announced the decision on October 10, noted that it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu [Satyarthi] and a Muslim [Yousafzai], an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.”