Malala named Nobel Peace Prize joint winner

A Pakistani schoolgirl who narrowly escaped death after being shot by the Taliban has been named joint Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2014.

Education activist Malala Yousufzai,17, and Indian children’s rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi were selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee  “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Awarding the prize, the committee said that peaceful global development could only come about if children and the young are respected.

Malala, 17, is the youngest person to be awarded the prestigious honour. She was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 after campaigning for more access to education for girls and has since become recognisable worldwide.

Satyarthi, 60, has maintained the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and headed various forms of peaceful protests, “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain,” the Nobel committee said.

He has led the rescue of tens of thousands of child slaves and developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.

The Nobel Prizes in medicine , chemistry , physics and literature were announced earlier this week. The economics award will be announced on Monday.

All the awards will be formally handed out on December 10 in Oslo.

Credit: Al Jazeera