Children are our future. They need to be nurtured, cared for, and given fair and equal opportunities for education and growth. Considering the economic, regional and social inequalities that plague our world, many children do lose out on what is their fundamental right. Those men and women who work tirelessly for the betterment of these children indeed invest in the future of humanity! This year’s Nobel peace prize is a fitting tribute to such great efforts.
Kailash Satyarthi is a well known Indian child rights activist, who has helped to rehabilitate more than 80,000 child bonded laborers. He has been working for child welfare for more than two decades and campaigning globally on issues relating to children. Recipient of many national and international awards for his great work, Satyarthi has contributed to the international conventions on child rights.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist, who has been campaigning world-wide for right to education, especially for girls. She has started her campaign at the age 11 and was attacked by a gunman in 2012. After surviving the assassination attempt, she has campaigned for right to education and spoke at different fora including the United Nations. She has received Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize among many other awards.
Work done by both these individuals richly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and this award will encourage others who work on similar causes amidst unfavorable circumstances. It is indeed heartening to note that both are from the subcontinent with a history of shared heritage and culture.
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