On 10 December 2014, Malala Yousafzai received this year's Nobel Peace Prize with joint winner Kailash Satyarthi – a huge recognition of her brave campaigning for girls' education worldwide.
Because I am a Girl supporter Malala is the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Plan International hopes that her story will serve as a wake-up call to governments across the world to prioritise girls' education.
The two Nobel laureates were awarded their prizes at a ceremony in Oslo City Hall before attending a celebratory concert co-organised by Plan International Norway.
Malala - voice of girls
To mark Malala's incredible achievement, Plan International has produced a short film entitled 'Malala. One Girl. Among Many'. It features 40 girls from 12 countries voicing Malala's famous speech made at the UN on the first International Day of the Girl, celebrating her feats and raising the voices of girls worldwide.
Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman said: “On the day that Malala receives the Nobel Peace Prize, girls around the world are marking the event with a tribute to her campaign for education.
“Malala has become iconic in representing many girls’ struggle to obtain their rightful education, and there are millions of ‘other Malalas’ across the world – a whole generation who are excluded from learning by violence, discrimination or harmful traditional practices.
Momentous day for girls' rights
“This momentous day is about standing together and ensuring that their voices are heard.”
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by extremists as she made her way to school in October 2012. The attack came just 2 days before the launch of Plan International’s global girls’ education campaign Because I am a Girl.
Plan International believes Malala’s win of the Nobel Prize is a significant step forward for the campaign on girls’ rights and education. Through its Because I am a Girl campaign, Plan International is calling upon nations to urgently prioritise quality education for girls as an essential factor in tackling poverty.
This is an extraordinary, courageous young woman who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced and we congratulate her on winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Nigel Chapman said: “Malala’s story has struck a chord with millions of people and she has become a beacon of inspiration to millions. This is an extraordinary, courageous young woman who, when faced with death, refused to give up and refused to be silenced and we congratulate her on winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
“Malala is a true heroine to us and all the other young campaigners out there. Together, we must ensure that every girl and boy is able to take their rightful place in the classroom and start their personal journeys to learning and development.”