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Malala Yousafzay: A Voice for the Voiceless.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 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.
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay
Photos: © AP Photo/Bernat Armangue/NTB scanpix ; Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/NTB scanpix
The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism, and that children must go to school and not be financially exploited.
Kailash Satyarthi is a human rights activist from India who has been at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980. As a grassroots activist, he has led the rescue of over 78,500 child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.
You can learn more about him and his work here.
Malala Yousafzay is a 17-year old Pakistani child education activist who 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, having been shot by the Taliban in 2012 for promoting girls’ education. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education. Learn more >
“I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.” – Malala Yousafzai
Without education girls are trapped
in a cycle of poverty.
Want to stand up for girls everywhere?
Malala is an education activist and the co-founder of the Malala Fund.
She was born in 1997 and grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan.
4GGL thanks Malala Fund for giving us a way to ACT.
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The Malala Fund works to break the cycle of poverty and empower girls through education to achieve their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities.
Learn more about them (and Malala’s story) HERE.