Malala and Kailash Satyarthi: 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 to Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi.

Ill. N. Elmehed ©Nobel Media 2014

Ill. N. Elmehed ©Nobel Media 2014

With this decision, the Committee chose to recognize their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. Moreover, the Committee insisted on the importance to have a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in this common struggle.

Maintaining Ghandi’s tradition, Mr Satyarthi is an Indian child rights campaigner who has headed various forms of peaceful protests and demonstrations against the grave exploitation of children for financial gain and who contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Malala Yousafzai, laureate of the European Union Sakharov human rights prize in 2013, becomes the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner. Malala has become a leading spokesperson defending the right of girls to education, and gave a powerful speech to the United Nations General Assembly last year.