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Nobel Peace Prize win for Malala Yousafzai

Tim Wyatt

by Tim Wyatt

Posted: 10 Oct 2014 @ 12:26

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Speaking out: Malala Yousafrezi at the Girl Summit, at Walworth Academy, in July (News, 25 July)

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Speaking out: Malala Yousafrezi at the Girl Summit, at Walworth Academy, in July (News, 25 July)

MALALA YOUSAFZAI, the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for demanding the right to go to school, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Miss Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham, and is a prominent children's-rights campaigner, was awarded the prize jointly with Indian children's-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. She is the youngest ever recipient of any Nobel Prize.

She was gravely injured in 2012 when a Pakistani Taliban assassin boarded her school bus and shot her in the head. She had become well-known after writing a blog for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley, and as a campaigner for girls' right to education.

After recovering from the attack in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, she settled there permanently with her family. She has since travelled the world, meeting world leaders including Barack Obama and the Queen, and speaking at the UN, on the importance of education and rights for girls.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the Peace Prize, said in a statement that Miss Yousafzai and her joint laureate, Mr Satyarthi, were being given the Prize for their "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".

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Children's champion: Kailash Sayarthi, (third from left), during a World Day Against Child Labour, in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in June, 2009 

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Children's champion: Kailash Sayarthi, (third from left), during a World Day Against Child Labour, in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in June, 2009 

Mr Satyarthi has campaigned against child labour and has been involved in establishing certification systems for guaranteeing products have been manufactured without the use of child labour.

The Committee described him as "maintaining Gandhi's tradition" in his activism, and noted the significance of a Hindu Indian joining in a "common struggle" with Miss Yousafzai, a Muslim Pakistani, for education and rights for children.

There are an estimated 168 million child labourers around the world, the Committee said, but this has fallen from 246 million in 2000.

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