I feel especially happy today!
Just found out that 17 year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize or her efforts in the education of girls and women.
Her story is very exceptional. Her’s has been a heroic struggle.
Exactly two years and a day ago, Taliban gunmen shot her in the head for daring to speak up for the rights of a girl to get an education. She fought for her life and thankfully, she was fully recovered from the gun shot. She received global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban and had to relocate from her home country Pakistan to the UK. Since then, after recovering from surgery, she has taken her campaign to the world stage, notably with a speech last year at the United Nations.
The threat on her life is an experience that would have pushed most people to give up on their struggles, but instead, she intensified her voice and has touched the lives of girls and women around the world. And she is just 17! This makes her the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Prize and also the first Pakistani to win the prize.
She shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with 60 year-old Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
I am so proud of her and say a big congratulations!