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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Ever Awarded Nobel Peace Prize At 17

Fri, October 10, 2014 10:22am EDT by Lauren Cox 2 Comments

Congrats to Malala! The Pakistani school girl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 won her first Nobel Peace Prize after being nominated twice.

Malala Yousafzai, 17, just became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Award winner ever. She shares the 2014 honor with Kailash Satyarthi from India, who has dedicated his life to fighting the financial exploitation of children. Well done, Malala!

Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize At 17 Years Old

Wow, this is such exciting news!

On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Prize committee announced that the 2014 award would be shared by Malala and Kailash.

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As previously reported, this was the second time Malala was nominated for the award. Now that’s been honored, she has become the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize ever!

Both Malala and Kailash were honored “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” reports USA Today.

Congrats to Malala, she definitely deserves this amazing honor after everything she has been through!

Malala & Kailash Will Share A $1.2 Million Prize

As part of their winning prize, both Malala and Kailash will be award one half of $1.2 million.

Hopefully, Malala will be able to use this money to help her fight against the Taliban, and her fight for equal education rights across the world.

Kailash, who is 60 years old, will also be able to use this money in his fight to end the sexual and financial exploitation of children.

Their Nobel Peace Prize is also a huge deal because Malala is a Pakistani Hindu, and Kailash is a Muslim from India.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do you think Malala deserved her Nobel Peace Prize win? Does she inspire you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

— Lauren Cox

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