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UNICEF congratulates Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

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14 October 2014
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GLOBAL, 14 October 2014 - UNICEF congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, two powerful child advocates, on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The award demonstrates the unshakeable conviction that children are a force for change.

“In a year that has seen so many crises affecting children around the world, the Nobel Committee’s decision is a welcome affirmation of the rights of every child to an education, to live free from violence, exploitation, and abuse, and to be heard”, - said

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “It is a reminder of the power of the human voice – often a young voice – to change the world. So in honoring Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Prize, and Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights legend – we salute activists everywhere who are working to improve the lives of children. The future of these children is the future of the world.”

This well-deserved honour for two courageous champions for child rights comes on the year the international community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This award will be an inspiration to all the millions of unnamed and unknown children around the world who battle silently every day for the right to an education, the right to be heard and protected. The bravery and determination of Malala and Kailash is a rallying cry for children everywhere. 

Author: UNICEF

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