Our sincerest congratulations to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi who won the 95th Nobel Peace Prize for their work in advocating for education rights for children. The announcement came Friday morning via the Nobel committee that the pair had been selected knocking out other contenders such as Pope Francis and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Malala is the youngest person ever to have won the Nobel Prize. The Nobel committee acknowledged her youth but honored her heroism in their comments on why she was chosen.
“Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai 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,” the Nobel committee said. “This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle, she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”
Malala, now 17, was only 11 years old when she first started speaking out for the education of girls. In 2012, when she was 15, Malala was shot in the head and neck by a member of the Taliban on her way home from school in Swat. Since then, Malala’s voice has only grown stronger as she continues to fight for the education rights of girls and women.
Indian national Kailash Satyarthi, 60, was honored with the Nobel Prize along with Malala for his work to fight the exploitation of children, though most of his efforts have not been as internationally known, until now.
We couldn’t be happier with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners and we couldn’t be more appreciative and grateful for the amazing and impactful work they’re doing. The award is nice of course, but it’s basically a formality. We think this quote from a Peshwar shopkeeper sums up the world’s sentiment.
“Malala won the award the day she came out openly to encourage girls’ education,” said Qajeer Gul, 27, a shopkeeper in Peshawar. “This Nobel is a formality as we already respect her. I was inspired by her and asked my father to get my sisters admitted in school — such is her impact on us.”
Here’s the extended, unedited interview from 2013 Malala did with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show which left many inspired and even speechless, including Stewart himself.
[via USA Today]