Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

October 11, 2014

You will have learned this already from the main news media, but to bee complete in the area of human rights awards: On Friday 10 October the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded to India‘s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan‘s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the violations of the rights of children. As the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, “Children must go to school, not be financially exploited.

Photos: Nobel Peace Prize winners

Malala Yousafzai came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban — two years ago Thursday — for her efforts to promote education for girls in Pakistan. Since then, after surgery, she has won several high level human rights awards and now the Peace Prize. []

Satyarthi, age 60, has shown great personal courage in heading peaceful demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, the committee said. Satyarthi told reporters that the award was about many more people than him — and that credit should go to all those “sacrificing their time and their lives for the cause of child rights” and fighting child slavery.

The peace aspect of the Prize is double this year:

– Awarding the Peace Prize to a Pakistani Muslim and an Indian Hindu gives a message that all people, regardless of language and religion, should fight for the rights of women, children and every human being.

– The Norwegian Nobel Committee makes the point that 60% of the current population is under 25 years of age in the poorest countries of the world. and that “It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected,”

Interesting is also to note how the Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers want to share in the positive limelight that the Prize brings.

Amnesty International welcomed the award with:  “This is an award for human rights defenders who are willing to dedicate themselves entirely to promoting education and the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children,

The prize money ($1.1 million) is to be divided among the winners. For more information on human rights awards:

Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel –

2 Responses to “Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize”

  1. […] In India Currents of 22 January 2018 there is a nice and elaborate interview with Kailash Satyarthi under the title “Representing the Sound of Silence” (see also:…] […]

  2. Jan Ruyssenaars Says:

    Hi Hans, Kailash is a great friend of mine. Ik ben een paar keer met hem opgetrokken in zin strijd. Geweldig nieuws.

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