Malala Yousafzai earns her peace
At 17, education rights activist Malala Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize award. She made her name (rightfully) known in 2012, following her traumatic injuries from an attack by the Taliban, but Malala had long been vocalizing her opinions on girls’ rights to education. From age 11, Malala appeared on TV discussing her views on education in the Middle East.
An important take-away from her award today, as explained by the Nobel Committee, is that age holds no baring on the ability to make change. Following the announcement of her win, they said, "Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai…has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations."
Malala is no stranger to making her voice viral (see: her Time magazine cover and interview with Jon Stewart), and we’re sure that the Nobel Peace Prize won’t be the last piece of recognition she earns.