Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize
According to the Norwegian Noble Committee, "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."
Read Malala's autobiography.
- I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, Youth Edition (JUV 92 YOUSAFZAI)
- I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (YA 92 YOUSAFZAI)
In announcing the award, the Nobel committee stressed that children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60 percent of the present population is under 25 years of age. "It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation," it said.
Her co-recipient, Satyarthi, 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.