From all of us here at Vision of Humanity, we want to take a moment to recognise and congratulate the winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi. Both laureates were awarded the honour by the Norweigen Nobel Committee “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.
Malala is a Pakistani teenager who has become a campaigner and leading spokesperson for girls’ educational rights. She gained heroic status as she continued her efforts and advocacy after being shot and critically wounded by a Taliban gunman on a school bus in 2012.
Upon being award the Peace Prize, Malala said "I'm proud that I'm the first Pakistani and the first young woman or the first young person getting this award."
Joint recipient Kailash Satyarthi, was awarded the prize as result of “his various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the committee said. Kailash in 1980 was the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or ‘Save the Childhood Movement’, to protect the rights of over 80,000 children. He was also acknowledged for his significant achievements in the development and promotion of important international conventions on children’s rights. In his dedication to all children who have experienced slavery, Kailash stated, “It’s an honour to all those children who are still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking.”
It is of note that having a recipient from India and also one from Pakistan is truly significant due to the racial, political, cultural and social tensions between the two nations through history.
Mother Teresa won the peace prize in 1979 for her India-based charity work, but she was a native Albanian. Malala, at 17 years old, is the youngest Nobel Prize recipient of all time.
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