Yesterday, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for children’s rights, the rights of women and girls, and for supporting education for all. Malala shares the award with another lady from India who is also working for children’s rights. The Norwegian Nobel Committee gave them both the award “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Malala is 17 and the youngest ever winner of a Nobel Prize. She is a schoolgirl and education campaigner in Pakistan.
In October 2012, when she was 15, she was attacked on her way home from school. She was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. The reason was because she wanted to go to school. In her country, she stood up for the right of women and girls to have an education in her country. She lived and has become a symbol all over the world of fighting injustice in countries that do not respect the rights and freedoms of its citizens. Malala wants girls to be able to go to school, learn, and get an education without fear of being hurt just because they are female. Malala deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery and because of her determination to make the world a better place for girls. Go Malala!