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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 10, 2014) — Statement by Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles on Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kaylash Satyarthi of India being jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize:
"This is an historical day for children's rights. Children are, as we speak, living amid war, suffering attacks on their schools and being refused education. Joint prize winner Malala represents the voices of the billions of children asking for a good education. The other joint prize winner, Indian child rights campaigner, Kaylash Satyarthi, is a bold defender of those children who are cynically abused in child labor and trafficking.
"This prize is a strong message to us all to stand up against all violence, discrimination and cruelty against children, especially those who are fighting for their rights. Their voices are crucial. This Nobel prize also makes children's rights and children's voices – their asking for the right to learn – echo in all corners of the world. Malala, who refused to be oppressed by extremism and discrimination, is a great source of inspiration for all children who desperately want to learn, especially girls."
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