The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who stood up for women’s right to education as a teenager at a time when the Taliban prohibited access to education for young girls.
She was shot in the head for defying those orders and still, she keeps fighting. If you haven’t heard of Malala yet, this speech of her accepting the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize will make you an instant admirer. “I had two options, not to speak and wait to be killed, or speak up and then be killed. I choosed the second one because at that time there is terrorism and women are not alloweed to go outside of their house” explained Malala.
At the time, she was the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever.
Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (lit. Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. According to the latest data provided by Unicef 28 million children between 6 and 14 work in India. Thousands of children across India are being sold by their parents and forced to work long hours in garment factories.India has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14, as you can see in the video above: