by Dr Anthony Pun
The MCC NSW wishes to congratulate the co-winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satryarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
Mr Satryarthi, a Hindu from India, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with children, particularly against child labour.
Quote from Satryarthi: “First of all, everyone must acknowledge and feel that child slavery still exists in the world, in its ugliest face and form. And this is an evil, which is crime against humanity, which is intolerable, which is unacceptable and which must go. That sense of recognition must be developed first of all. And secondly there is a need of higher amounts of political will. There is a need of higher amount of corporate engagement, and the engagement of the public towards it. So, everybody has a responsibility to save and protect the children on this plane”.
Ms Yousafzai, a Muslim from Pakistan, was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. “Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t”(stop her from going to school).
I am impressed by Malala’s statement to CNN News that she hoped that there will be peace between Pakistan and India. She spoke about mutual understanding and respect between the two countries, despite its religious and other difference. She is indeed a brave young woman and at the TV interview she said that she intended to study Medicine and now she has changed her mind and wishes to be a politician.
For more details please see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2014/oct/10/nobel-peace-prize-2014-live-coverage
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Chairman