Watch an excerpt of Malala Yousafzai’s acceptance speech.
Malala Yousafzai said she was “very proud” to represent her country Pakistan in winning the Nobel Peace Prize, and in being the youngest Nobel recipient at age 17.
“Along with that, I’m pretty certain that I’m also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her brothers,” she joked.
Yousafzai and Indian-born Kailash Satyarthi shared the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize – and the $1.1 million purse – and both spoke Wednesday at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, about working together to achieve their goal of children’s rights.
“It is not time to pity them,” said Yousafzai, referring to the children in need. “It is time to take action, so it becomes the last time … that we see a child deprived of education.”
Watch part of Kailash Satyarthi’s acceptance address.
Satyarthi said in his address that he represents the “sound of silence,” the children who cannot speak for themselves. “They’re all of our children. I have looked into their frightened and exhausted eyes. I’ve held their injured bodies and I’ve felt their broken spirits.”
Satyarthi’s said his life’s mission is to help every child be free to be a child, “free to laugh and cry, free to play and learn, free to go to school and free to dream.”