Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

Renowned child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi wins Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

Awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzaifor their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

The Nobel Peace prize, worth about $1.1 million, will be presented in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the famous award in his 1895 will.

The winners this year were selected from a list of 278 nominees, the highest number of candidates ever.

Nobel Peace Prize for 2014

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee opined:

Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.

Kailash Satyarthi
(born on January 11, 1954)

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. In 1998, he organised the Global March Against Child Labour across 103 countries. It helped pave the way for an International Labor Organization convention on the worst forms of child labour, which is now a principal guideline for governments around the world.

His work is recognized through various national and international honours and awards including the Nobel Peace Prize of 2014, which he shared with Malala Yousafzai, a female education activist from Pakistan.

He established GoodWeave International (formerly known as RugMark) as the first voluntary labeling, monitoring and certification system of rugs manufactured without the use of child-labour.

Originally named Kailash Sharma, Satyarthi was born on January 11, 1954 in Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh.

Kailash Satyarthi dedicated the coveted award to the most marginalized child trapped in slavery somewhere in the world and vowed to work with renewed vigour till child labour is eliminated.

The President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Shri Kailash Satyarthi for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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