Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi jointly receives Nobel Peace Award
10 December 2014, Nirapad News: Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, receives the Peace Prize on Wednesday, sharing it with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi in Oslo.
Satyarthi, 60, is recognised for a 35-year battle to free thousands of children from virtual slave labour.
Malala has already been honoured with a host of awards, standing ovations and plaudits everywhere from the United Nations to Buckingham Palace. The Taliban shooting survivor said she would not rest on her laurels, saying she might aspire to become prime minister in her native Pakistan one day if it was the best way to serve her country.
Mr Satyarthi said receiving the prize was “a great opportunity”.
Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi will receive their awards from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.
They are expected to deliver their Nobel lectures during the award ceremony.
At a press conference Tuesday in Oslo, Malala said that in many parts of the world, children’s requirements are infinitely more modest than an “iPad or computer.” “What they are asking for is just a book, just a pen, so why can’t we do that?” Malala was 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she travelled on a school bus in response to her campaign for girls’ education. Although she almost died, she recovered after being flown for extensive surgery in Birmingham, central England. She has been based in the city with her family ever since, continuing both her education and activism. She is the youngest ever recipient of the prize.
For the first time ever the blood-soaked school uniform she wore when she was shot near her home in the Swat Valley in October 2012 will go on display at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo this week.
Through the efforts of Mr Satyarthi, 60, tens of thousands of children have been rescued from hazardous industries.He has endured death threats for his work, and two of his colleagues were killed.
He welcomed the increased attention the Nobel brought to the cause of children in bonded labour. “There are children who are bought and sold like animals,” the jovial 60-year-old, clad in traditional Indian dress, told reporters at the Nobel Institute. “This is very important for millions and millions of children who are denied their childhood, who are denied their freedom, who are denied their education and health,” he said, adding that the peace prize had shone a spotlight on their plight. Satyarthi’s organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save Childhood) prides itself on liberating more than 80,000 children from bonded labour in factories and workshops across India and has networks of activists in more than 100 countries.
Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi were jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”. They have split the $1.4m (£860,000) prize money. The pairing of Malala and Satyarthi had the extra symbolism of linking neighbouring countries that have been in conflict for decades, the Nobel committee said earlier it was important that a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian, had joined in what it called a common struggle for education and against extremism.