Kailash Satyarthi (L), Indian anti-child labour activist and head of the South Asian Coalition Against Child Servitude,and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai (r). — File photo by Reuters
The girls’ education campaigner, who was also a favourite last year, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner by far.
By Agencies and Dawn.com
OSLO: Children’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.“
Malala, now 17 and the youngest recipient of the Nobel prize, is an education campaigner in Pakistan who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago.
She was at school in the city of Birmingham in central England when she was told she had won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokeswoman said.
“Malala is at school as normal today,” she said, adding that the 17-year-old would hold a press conference later on Friday.
She attends Edgbaston High School, a private school in an upmarket part of Birmingham. After being shot by the Taliban in October 2012, Malala was treated at a hospital in Birmingham. She started at her school in the city in March last year.
Satyarthi, 60, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the Nobel committee said.
“It’s an honour to all those children still suffering in slavery, bonded labour and trafficking,” Satyarthi told TV news channel CNN-IBN.
The girls’ education campaigner, who was also a favourite last year, becomes the second Pakistani to win the prize. — File photo