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Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel peace prize 2014

Oct 10, 2014 16:52 IST

Malala YousafzaiPakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi on 10 0ctober 2014 won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo.

They were awarded for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.  

The winners were selected from a list of 278 nominees, the highest number of candidates ever.

Kailash Satyarthi
•    Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights activist born in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. He has been active in the Indian movement against child labour since the 1990s.
•    His organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan has freed over 80000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in successful reintegration, rehabilitation and education of them.
•    Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Mahatma Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.  He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.
•    He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

Malala Yousafzai
•    Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil, education activist who is known for her activism for right to education for women especially in the Swat Valley where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.
•    In early 2009, at the age of 11–12 Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley.
•    Since then, she had been an outspoken advocate for girl education. She was critically injured on 9 October 2012 when a gunman shot her in the head while she was riding home on a school bus in the city of Mingora. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
•    She spent three months in a British hospital recovering and now lives in England with her family. Militants still threaten to kill her if she returns home.
•    Since then, she has continued to campaign for girls’ education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations.

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