December 11, 2014

2014 Nobel Peace Prize Presented

The 17-year-old Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s-rights activist Kailash Satyarthi spoke about the importance of education for children when they received their shared Nobel Peace Prize during a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.
Handing out the award, Norwegian Nobel Committee Chairman Thorbjørn Jagland applauded the activists for fighting for children’s rights even under the most extreme circumstances, including standing up to Islamist radical movements and shackling social structures.
“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is not,” Ms. Yousafzai said in her acceptance speech at Oslo City Hall, wearing a pink head scarf. “It is the story of many girls.”
She told the 1,000-strong auditorium about a school friend who dreamed of becoming a doctor, but was instead forced into marriage and gave birth at 14. “I know that my friend would have been a very good doctor. But she couldn’t…because she was a girl,” she said.
She also spoke about her fellow activists who fight for the schooling of young girls and boys in refugee camps in Jordan and in northern Nigeria, where girls face the threat of being kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram “simply for wanting to go to school.”
The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2014, A12