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Malala Yousafzai and Anti-Child Exploitation Activist Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee announced this morning that girls’ education advocate Malala Yousafzai and anti-child exploitation activist Kailash Satyarthi will share this year’s Nobel Peace prize. Malala rose to international prominence after surviving a gunshot by the Taliban in Pakistan, and becoming a voice for women’s’ rights and the education of girls. Malala is the author of a bestselling book, recently gave a stirring speech to the U.N., has been a guest of Jon Stewart, aided refugees of the Syrian civil war and has helped provide education to thousands of girls. The 17-year-old face of The Malala Fund—a global education advocacy group—is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Satyarthi has been recognized for his work advocating for the end of child exploitation and organizing massive demonstrations against child labor in India. Satyarthi told the BBC, “It’s a great honor for all the Indians, it’s an honor for all those children who have been still living in slavery despite of all the advancement in technology, market and economy. And I dedicate this award to all those children in the world.” In a statement, the committee said they regard “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” …

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