By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist
The world’s youngest recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai 17 years old from Pakistan and currently residing in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She shares the 2014 Nobel Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India, for his work in fighting extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.
“I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and first the young woman, or the first young person, who is getting this award,” she said. “This is not the end, this is not the end of my campaign, this is the beginning.” – Malala Yousafzai
“Today’s announcement is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being. In recognizing Malala and Kailash, the Nobel Committee reminds us of the urgency of their work to protect the rights and freedoms of all our young people and to ensure they have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential, regardless of their background, or gender, or station in life.” – President Barack Obama, USA
Malala will be the 7th Recipient of Honorary Citizenship bestowed to her by the Canadian Government. She will receive her Citizenship on October 22, 2014 that will be held in Canada.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I want to congratulate Malala, who was named an honorary Canadian citizen on October 16, 2013, and Mr. Satyarthi for their wonderful work for humanity, for their tireless efforts in favour of children’s rights, and for bringing the causes they cherish to the attention of the whole world. I am also pleased to announce that Malala will be visiting us here in Canada on October 22, 2014. We look forward to pursuing our collaborative efforts on children’s education.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada
In May, she received an honorary doctor of civil law at the 225th Encaenia celebrations for Halifax’s University of King’s College. The Halifax university also created the Malala Yousafzai Canada Scholarships which are open to young women from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to afford a post-secondary education. (source: cbc,ca)
The now 17-year-old from Pakistan is an outspoken advocate for girls’ education. She was critically injured on Oct. 9, 2012, when a gunman shot her in the head while she was riding home on a school bus in the city of Mingora. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. She spent three months in a British hospital recovering, and now lives in England with her family. Militants still threaten to kill her if she returns home. (source: cbs.ca)
Kailash Satyarthi, Co-Nobel Laureate of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize:
Kailash Satyarthi, has been a leading voice in the fight against child trafficking and forced labor in India. Save the Childhood Movement says it has rescued 83,000 Indian children from servitude in India since 1981. (source: Online.wsj.com)
Please click on the image below to learn more about the advocacy of Mr. Satyarthi.