Oct 11 (): Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for this year. They have been announced as the winners of this prestigious global award by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.
The 60-year-old activist of India, Kailash Satyarthi has been a persistent campaigner of his organization, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and child rights and has been at the forefront of the initiative on driving out child labor for years in India.
The activist was given training in electrical engineering; later he started his work by performing searches on Indian manufacturing industries where laborers and their children often work as bonded labor.
In 1980, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan was founded and the organization fought against child labor creating national and international consumer opposition to products made by bonded children, as well as with direct legal and advocacy work.
Whereas, Pakistani teenage girl Yousafzai became a globally popular figure after she was attacked by the Taliban about two years back. He was shot in the head and was moved to the UK for advance treatment. He was shot as she took immense efforts to sponsor education in Pakistan for girls. After recovering from surgery, she has taken her operation to the global stage, especially giving a speech at the United Nations last year.
Seventeen year old Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. She was in a chemistry class at school in Birmingham, central England, when she heard the news. She said she was privileged to be the first Pakistani to receive the award and was also honored to be the youngest person to get the accolade.
Malala told, the award was for all the children who are voiceless and for whose voices need to be heard.
Each prize carries with it a monetary reward of 8 million Swedish kronor (about $1.1 million) to be divided among the winners.