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Malala Yousafzai Wins Nobel Peace Prize

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10:  Malala Yousafzai acknowledges the crowd at a press conference at the Library of Birmingham after being announced as a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, on October 10, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The 17-year-old Pakistani campaigner, who lives in Britain where she received medical treatment following an assassination attempt by the Taliban in 2012, was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with Kailash Satyarthi from India. Chair of the Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland made the announcement in Oslo, commending Malala for her ‘heroic struggle’ as a spokesperson for girls' rights to education.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The Nobel Peace Prize Winners were announced this morning, and we couldn't be happier with the recipients: Pakistani child education advocate Malala Yousafzai and India's children's rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi. Both were praised by the Nobel committee for their "struggle against the oppression of children and young people."

While the pair's joint win is exciting on its own, it's even more significant for the fact that at 17, Malala is officially the youngest winner yet.

The Pakistani teen first rose to international fame in 2012 when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls. Undeterred, she went on to spread her message throughout the world however she could, delivering a famously powerful speech at the U.N. last year, and writing the bestseller "I Am Malala," Today, the 17-year-old lives in the U.K., where she was actually sitting in a chemistry class when someone burst into the room to tell her about her award.

"I'm proud that I'm the first Pakistani and the first young woman or the first young person getting this award," she said after hearing the news, adding that it's a "great honor."

"I think this is really the beginning," Yousafzai said, adding that children around the world "should stand up for their rights" and "not wait for someone else."

According to CNN, Yousafzai has already spoken with Satyarthi by phone today, and the pair have agreed to work together in the campaign to ensure all children have the right to go to school. Yousafzai shared that they would also like to work together on rebuilding the relationship between their rivaling home countries, India and Pakistan.

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