| 6°C Dublin

Youngest Nobel prize winner Malala picks up her prize in gala ceremony

Close

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan receives her award from Thorbjorn Jagland (AP)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan receives her award from Thorbjorn Jagland (AP)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan receives her award from Thorbjorn Jagland (AP)

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives to fight for children's rights.

Malala (17), the youngest-ever Nobel winner, and Satyarthi, aged 60, collected the award at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital to a standing ovation.

Shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for speaking out on education, Malala (inset) beamed as she received the prize yesterday.

"I had two options. One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up," Malala said.

Saying that all children have a right to childhood and education instead of forced labour, Nobel committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said "this world conscience can find no better expression" than through this year's winners.

In his speech to the gathering, Jagland related how Malala was shot by Taliban gunmen two years ago and said Islamic extremist groups dislike knowledge because it is a condition for freedom.

"Attendance at school, especially by girls, deprives such forces from power," he said.

He mentioned Satyarthi's vision of ending child labour and how he abandoned a career as an electrical engineer in 1980 to fight for that vision.

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy