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Oct 102014
 

“The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai ‘for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education’ ” today (“The Nobel Peace Prize 2014”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 10 Oct 2014. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/). The identified “Press Release” began the following way (“The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 – Press Release”. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 10 Oct 2014. https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/press.html) :

“The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.  Children must go to school and not be financially exploited.  In the poor countries of the world, 60% of the present population is under 25 years of age.  It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected.  In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, 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.

Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.  This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances.  Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.

 

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