Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani who was a victim of assassination for being an education activist for the girl child in Pakistan received her joint Nobel Peace Prize today December 10th at the city hall in Oslo, Norway. She won the award in October alongside Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
The duo received the award from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway. While receiving, Malala said she was there to stand up for the rights of children who are frightened and have been forgotten and frightened. She added that her mission was to raise their voice and not to feel pity for them.
[box type=”note” ]In her speech she said, ‘I am many’ In her speech, Ms Yousafzai said the award was not just for her: “It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.
“I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education.”[/box]
Stating the reason she decide she’s telling her story, the teenager said, “I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls. I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers”.
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