Kailash Satyarthi & Malala receive
joint Nobel Award
joint Nobel Award
Oslo: Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards in the ceremony held at Oslo today, 10th December 2014.
The Nobel committee described both laureates as "champions of peace".
Mr Satyarthi said receiving the prize was "a great opportunity" to further his work against child slavery.
Ms Yousafzai said she was there to stand up for the rights of forgotten and frightened children, and raise their voice rather than pity them.
Ms Yousafzai and Mr Satyarthi received their awards from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.
They delivered their Nobel lectures during the award ceremony.
'I am many': In her speech, Ms Yousafzai said the award was not just for her: "It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.
"I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education."
Kailash Satyarthi ended his Nobel lecture with "Let us March!" and Malala Yousafzai declared 'Let us begin today!" Both see one of the world's most distinguished honours as a weapon in their fight for every child's right to be educated, and not to work in childhood.
Nobel organisers say there have never been such standing ovations or so many accredited journalists. But will this prize do even more to achieve the goals it has honoured - to champion children's rights?
Ms Yousafzai, 17, was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education and now lives in the UK.
She is the youngest-ever recipient of a Nobel prize.