The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their work on promoting children’s rights.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the two were chosen for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
Indian Kailash Satyarthi is a child rights activist who founded the Global March Against Child Labor. He has led the fight against child slavery and enabled the rescue of more than 80,000 children over three decades.
Upon hearing he had won the prize, Kailash Satyarthi, paid tribute to all those working to free children from labour and slavery.
“It’s not just an honour for me. It’s an honour for all those who are fighting against labor child globally. I may not know them but there are many people who are sacrificing their time and their lives for the cause of childs’ rights and I would like to thank and congratulate them,” he said.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai made the headlines for defying the Taliban. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for arguing that girls have a right to go to school. She has since set up the Malala Fund to help girls access their right to education.
At 17 she is the youngest winner of the prize.
The Nobel Committee made it clear they had intentionally chosen an Indian Hindu and a Pakistani Muslim working for the same cause. The award comes at a time when hostilities have broken out between India and Pakistan along the border of the disputed region of Kashmir.
The prize, of just under 1 million euros will be presented in Oslo on December 10.
There were a record number of 278 candidates this year. Those candidates nominated for the prize and the opinions of the members of the Nobel Committee are kept secret for 50 years.