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Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The young Pakistani activist is awarded one of the world’s greatest honors
OCTOBER 10, 2014
By Cameron Keady with TIME and AP Reporting
Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Pakistani youth activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, October 10. She is the youngest Nobel winner in history. Malala shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old man from India who has helped lead a movement to end child slavery around the world. Both winners were recognized “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday.
Kailash Satyarthi greets journalists at his home office in New Delhi, India, after learning that he won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 10, 2014.
A Voice for the Voiceless
Malala Yousafzai has never been ordinary. When she was just 11 years old, she started blogging about the Taliban takeover of her hometown of Mingora, in northwestern Pakistan. Taliban members follow an extreme version of Islam, and believe young girls like Malala should not go to school. Classrooms throughout the Swat district of Pakistan, where Malala was living, were closed for several months. Malala spoke publicly about her desire to go back to school. “All I want is an education,” she told one television broadcaster.
When the Pakistani government regained control, Malala was able to return to class. She continued to blog and speak out about girls’ right to education. But on October 9, 2012, the Taliban tried to silence her. A gunman boarded her school bus and shot her on the left side of her forehead. Malala survived, and showed great courage and optimism during her long recovery. During this time, she became a symbol of the struggle for girls’ rights all over the world.
Prize for Peace
Now, Malala has also become an international symbol for peace. Each year, the Nobel prizes honor excellence in medicine, literature, chemistry, promoting peace, and other fields. It is one of the highest honors in the world. Malala and Satyarthi will split the award of $1.1 million.
The Nobel prize is named after Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite in the 1800s. Nobel left his fortune to reward people who work for the “good of humanity” in the sciences, literature and world affairs. In 2011, Malala won Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize, which has since been renamed the National Malala Peace Prize.
Malala’s mission for peace is unstoppable. Nine months after she was shot, she gave a now-famous speech at the United Nations. “They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed,” she said. “And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. … Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power, and courage was born.”
The Nobel prizes will be presented to the winners on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death in 1896.