Malala Yousafzai, 17, has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize along with the Indian children’s activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60. She is the youngest laureate ever of a Nobel prize. As is known she was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan in 2012 because of her activism for the rights of girls to education. She recovered in England and after that she resumed her activism.
According to the press release of the Nobel Prize Committee, despite her youth, Malala “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.”
About Kailash Satyarthi, the Committee says that “showing great personal courage” and “maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, 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.
The same press release notes that it has ben calculated that there are 168 million child labourers around the world today.