One day ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, activist for girls’ rights to education, has won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala, aged 17, is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize Laureate, and will share this year’s award with the Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi.
According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “Malala has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education”.
Malala kindly participated in the WIP Annual Summit 2013, addressing the audience of international female Parliamentarians with a strong message: “It is my dream to see women and men being treated with equal rights and being given equal rights. And that is my goal: to work for girls’ education and to work for equality. Women should struggle for it, they should not wait for someone else. Instead of standing outside the Parliament, why don’t we go inside the Parliament and join politics? And make decisions, because decision-making is our right, and we are the ones who are going to change the future”.
WIP congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for this award.