Following the announcement that Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International said:
“The work of Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai represents the struggle of millions of children around the world. This is an award for human rights defenders who are willing to dedicate themselves entirely to promoting education and the rights of the world's most vulnerable children.
“The Nobel Prize Committee has recognized the fundamental importance of child rights for the future of our world. The choice of winners shows that this is an issue that matters to us all, no matter what our age, gender, country or religion.
“Malala sets a powerful example that has inspired people all over the world, and which has been deservedly recognized by the Nobel Committee. The courage she has shown in the face of such adversity is a true inspiration. Her actions are a symbol of what it means to stand up for your rights - with a simple demand to fulfil the basic human right to education.