Malala Yousafzai gives a speech after receiving the "Leadership in Civil Society" award at the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 (CGI) in New York

At just age 17, Pakistani child education activist, Malala Yousafzai has made history as the youngest person to ever win the Nobel peace prize.

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, has also won the prize, BBC reports.

As you will recall, Yousafzai was shot in the head in October 2012 by Taliban gunmen because she was campaigning for girls’ education rights.

Satyarthi, 60, campaigns for children’s rights by using Mahatma Ghandi’s model of peaceful protests to inspire change. He is well known in humanitarian circles, for his campaigns against the exploitation of children for financial gain.

The Nobel committee lauded Yousafzai and Satyarthi’s “struggle against the suppression of children and young people”.

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