Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, an award that a Nobel official said he hopes encourages others to fight for young people’s rights.
This ceremony took place in Oslo, Norway, attended by royalty, international officials, even some of Yousafzai’s classmates from Pakistan — made it official.
Both “champions of peace” learned they would take home the prestigious prize two months ago. Finally today the ceremony took place in the capital of Norway, it was attended by the Norwegian royal family, international officials and some celebrities.
Both recipients had much at stake as they battled for what they believed in. In Satyarthi’s case, it was to end the exploitation of children for financial gain.
In the case of Yousafzai – the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, at 17 – it was for girls’ right to an education, a quest that nearly cost her her life when Taliban fighters called her out and shot her in the head two years ago.
Receiving the prize Malala said, “I want to serve my country and my dream is that my country becomes a developed country and I see every child get an education. If I can serve my country best through politics and through becoming a prime minister then I would definitely choose that.”
In her speech, Ms Yousafzai said the award was not just for her: “It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.
“I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education.” She added.