“Champions of Peace” Kailash Satyarthi – An Indian child rights campaigner and Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan – The Youngest ever Nobel Laureate has been won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, on Wednesday, 10th December, 2014.
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” They received the Nobel medal and 1.1 million USD as prize money.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 Winner
Kailash Satyarthi born on 11th January, 1954 at Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is an Electrical Engineer. He is a social activist for children’s right and children’s education. Kailash received Defenders of Democracy award in 2009, Alfonso Comin International award in 2008, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1995 and the Aachener International Peace Prize, Germany in 1994.
Satyarthi said, “All the great religions tell us to care for children. Jesus said: ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to them.’ The Holy Quran says: ‘Kill not your children because of poverty.”
He said, “I refuse to accept that all the temples and mosques and churches and prayer houses have no place for the dreams of our children.”
Malala Yousafzai born on 12th July 1997 at Mingora, Pakistan. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Pashto. She is known for Female education activism. Malala won Skoll Global Treasure award in 2014, Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year in 2013, Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament in 2013, Reflections of Hope Award in 2013, Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2013, International Children’s Peace Prize in 2013, Simone de Beauvoir Prize in 2013, Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage in 2012 and National Youth Peace Prize in 2011.
Malala said in her speech, “I am honoured to receive this award together with Kailash Satyarthi, who has been a champion of children’s rights for a long time. Twice as long, in fact, than I have been alive. I am also glad that we can stand together and show the world that an Indian and a Pakistani can be united in peace and together work for children’s rights.“