Malala Yousafzai on 27 August 2013 won the International Children’s Peace Prize 2013. She will receive the award from 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner and women's rights campaigner Tawakkol Karman at a ceremony in The Hague on 6 September 2013. The peace prize carries a cash value of 100000 euros (133000 US dollars) which is invested in projects relating to the winner's cause.
The International Children's Peace Prize is an initiative of the Amsterdem-based Dutch KidsRights Foundation. It was launched in the year 2005 by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, when he chaired the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. Since then, the prize has been awarded every year by a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
The prize is presented annually to an exceptional child, whose courageous or otherwise remarkable actions have made a difference in countering problems, which affect children around the world. The motivation behind the prize is to provide a platform to children to express their ideas and personal involvement in children’s rights. KidsRights feels that children should be recognized, awarded and motivated in their fierce efforts to improve their own situation and that of the children in their environment and even the world.
The International Children's Peace Prize is sponsored by ABN AMRO and AkzoNobel. ABN AMRO is the main sponsor of the Children’s Peace Prize and AkzoNobel provides the project fund; the AkzoNobel Children’s Peace Fund. This fund supports local initiatives in the theme and country of the Children’s Peace Prize winner.
Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban militant in October 2012 after she campaigned for girls' right to education. She was treated in Britain where she lives now. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2012 International Children’s Peace Prize’s winner was 13-year-old Cris Kesz Valdez for his work with street children of Philippines while he himself was destitute. Cris had received the prize from South African peace icon and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu.
Who: Malala Yousafzai
When: 27 August 2013