Kailash Satyarthi wins Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 jointly to Kailash Satyarthi from India and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzay for "their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".
Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi's tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, a Nobel Committee press release said.
Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzay 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, the release said.
The release has said there are 168 million child labourers around the world today. In 2000 the figure was 78 million higher. "The world has come closer to the goal of eliminating child labour."
Born on January 11, 1954 in Vidisha, Satyarthi gave up a career as an electrical engineer to start Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) to end child trafficking and child labour.