NICE TO REPORT GOOD NEWS: Those on the front lines fighting for girls and women tend to agree that nothing is more important than education. Education changes boys as well as girls. Without education, few things will change for the youth of the world.
And so it was with great joy that I celebrated when learning that two very deserving people had won the Nobel Peace Prize. Too many times it appears that politics enter the equation, but this year two people who are changing the world shared the prize.
Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who spoke out for education for girls, and who was gunned down by the Taliban for her words, is respected by all who acknowledge the importance of education to create change in the lives of girls and women all over the world. Young Malala is one of the strongest and most determined young woman the world has seen. And then there is Kailash Satyarthi, the Indian child rights campaigner, another deserving recipient of the prize, who has been recognized. This is a man who has saved thousands of young lives. He is widely respected for his accomplishments.
Both are to be admired and supported.
After traveling the world, and living in Saudi Arabia for 12 years, I agree that nothing is more important in empowering girls and women than education. While reading about Malala, and the difference education has made in her life, I am reminded of the many conversations I have had with Princess Sultana Al-Saud, a Saudi princess who has fought for girls and women since she was a young girl. She has always told me that education is the key to changing lives, cultures, countries, and the entire world. She is so right.
The world has come to know Princess Sultana through the pages of books I have written about her struggles and her victories. You can read about Princess Sultana and her quest for freedom for girls and women in the four books written about her life. Additionally, Malala Yousafzai, has written a bestselling book about her life, and I recommend it highly to all who care about peace, gender equality, and all that is good about life.
READ THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FROM THE BBC, as well as other links following to other news agencies about this grand event:
Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.
At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the prize.
The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education. She now lives in Birmingham in the UK.
Malala said she was “honoured” to receive the award, saying it made her feel “more powerful and courageous”.
She revealed she found out the news after being called out of her chemistry class at her school in Birmingham.
“I’m really happy to be sharing this award with a person from India,” she said at a news conference, before joking that she couldn’t pronounce Mr Satyarthi’s surname.
The Nobel committee praised the pair’s “struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.
Mr Satyarthi 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 committee said at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.
The 60-year-old founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or the Save the Childhood Movement, which campaigns for child rights and an end to human trafficking.
Reacting to the news, Mr Satyarthi told the BBC: “It’s a great honour for all the Indians, it’s an honour for all those children who have been still living in slavery despite of all the advancement in technology, market and economy.
“And I dedicate this award to all those children in the world.”
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