One left his job as an electrical engineer at the young age of 26 to rescue young children from forced labor and trafficking while the other braved a bullet to fight for girls’ right to education.
Kailash Satyarthi (60), Indian children’s rights activist, and Malala Yousafzai (17), Pakistani teen activist, have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
authorSTREAM congratulates the two for winning the world’s top prize and salutes their selfless service to mankind.
With this award, Malala becomes the youngest-ever Nobel laureate. She had already become probably the world’s famous teenager back in 2012 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for advocating education for girls. She became the symbol of defiance in the fight against militants and a symbol of hope for all oppressed girls.
Kailash Satyarthi, on the other hand, was barely known by the masses within India itself before he was honored with the Nobel prize. A good thing that his laborious three-decade journey starting in 1980, when he founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement), has been recognised. It’s worth admiring that his organization has rescued over 80,000 children from forced labor and trafficking. That is 80,000 young lives changed forever, saved forever.
The journey of these two heroes has been a long and arduous one. And both believe the award is another beginning; an inspiration to work harder to create a better world for children to live in. Here’s a presentation that traces their journey from an activist to a Nobel laureate:
Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai have now joined the ranks of Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and others. Which Nobel laureate has inspired you the most? Tell us in the comments below.