The Nobel Prize Foundation recently announced its Nobel Peace Prize and the honor was shared by the Indian children rights activist Kailash Satyarthi and the Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.
The Nobel Prize Foundation highlighted that the struggle that both the winners have ensued for children’s rights are key factor to abolish generations worth of hatred and enmity by education.
Malala had been active in fighting for girls’ right to education since she was eleven years old. She wrote a journal for BBC in which she highlighted the atrocities of terrorist invading her home city of Mingora.
They discouraged and threatened the girls who were trying to acquire their education and forced them to wear ‘burqas’; Malala wrote in her journal. Malala was attacked in her school bus by one of these terrorist who shot her in the head at close range.
Luckily, the bullet did not reach her brain and with the help of British doctors, she was transported to London for further treatment where she regained full use of her faculties and was back on her path to talk for girls’ education on the world’s platform.
Since then Malala has spoken on multiple platforms including the House of Commons and the UN. Two features films and a biography have been offered in the market to highlight this 17 year old girl’s efforts. Now she becomes the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
She shared this honor with the Indian children rights’ activist Kailash Satyarthi. Kailash Satyarthi was an engineer who resigned form his profession has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980.
He has done led the rescue of thousands of child slaves and worked on developing a successful model for their education and rehabilitation, an effort in which several attempts were made on his life but he survived. Satyarthi said that it was an honor for him and all his fellow Indians.
He said that children’s rights have to be preserved and they have to be prevented from coming to any harm or exploitation. He admitted that he has followed in the great Indian leader’s footsteps, Mahatma Gandhi. He has also led multiple protest, all peaceful, following Gandhi’s example for his cause.
Before this the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to people who played important roles in preventing armed conflicts and keeping peace between nations.
The founder of the Nobel Prizes, Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, said the prize committee should give the prize to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The committee said that they complied with his wishes and the winners are glowing examples of reducing conflicts between nations by promoting education. The winners themselves represent the fraternity between nations.
The Indo-Pak conflict is known worldwide and to award two individuals who represent both the countries, both genders and the young and old generation is an effort towards peace itself and they hope that their efforts for peacekeeping bear fruit soon.