The 2014 winners of the Nobel Price for peace are Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay. The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland made the announcement on Friday in Oslo.
The winners were selected from a list of 278 nominees, the highest number of candidates ever. The list included 47 organizations, the Nobel committee said. The previous record was 259 in 2013.
Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights activist.He has been active in the Indian movement against child labour since the 1990s. So far his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, has freed over 80,000 children from various forms of servitude and helped in successful re-integration, rehabilitation and education.
Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel laureate ever to achieve the Nobel price. She is a Pakistani school pupil, education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban occupation, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls in the Swat Valley.