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 ノルウェー・ノーベル賞委員会(Norwegian Nobel Committee)は10月10日に、2014年のノーベル平和賞を、女性や子どもの権利を訴えてきたパキスタンのマララ・ユスフザイ(Malala Yousafzai)さん(17)とインドのカイラシュ・サトヤルティ(Kailash Satyarthi)さんの2人に授与すると発表しました。


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  I am feeling honored that I am being chosen as the Nobel laureate. And I have been honored with this precious award, the Nobel Peace Prize.

And I am proud that I am the first Pakistani, and the first young woman or the first young person who is getting this award. It is a great honor for me.

And I am also really happy that I am sharing this award with a person from India whose name is Kailash Satyarthi. And his great work for child's rights, and his great work against child slavery. It totally inspires me.

And I am really happy that there are so many people who are working for child's rights, and I am not alone. And he totally deserved this award. So I am feeling honored that I am sharing this award with him.

He received this award, and we both are the two Nobel award receivers. One is from Pakistan, and one is from India. And one believes in Hinduism, one strongly believes in Islam. It gives a message to people of love, between Pakistan and India, and between different religions. And we both support each other.

It does not matter what the color of your skin is, what language you speak, what religion you believe in. It is that we should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other. And we should all fight for our rights, for the rights of children, for the rights of women and for the rights of every human being.

First of all I would like to thank my family, my dear father and my dear mother for their love, for their support. As my father always says, he did not give me something extra. What he did was that he did not clip my wings.

So I am thankful to my father for not clipping my wings, for letting me fly and achieve my goals. For showing to the world that a girl is not supposed to be a slave, a girl has the power to go forward in her life. And she is not only a mother, and she is not only a sister, and she is not only a wife――but she should have an identity, she should be recognized. And she has equal rights as a boy.

Even though my brother thinks that I am treated very well and they are not treated very well…… but that's fine!

I would like to share with you how I found out about the Nobel Peace Prize. It is quite exciting because I was in my chemistry class and we were studying about electrolysis and cathodes. And the time was I think 10:15, so the time of the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize was gone. And before that I was not expecting that I would get this award. So when it went to 10:15, I was totally sure that I had not won it. But then suddenly one of my teachers came to the class and she called me and she said,"I have something important to tell you". And I was totally surprised when she told me "congratulations, you have won the Nobel Peace Prize, and you are sharing it with a great person who is also working for children's rights".

It is sometimes quite difficult to express your feelings. But I felt really honored. I felt more powerful and more courageous, because this award is not just a piece of metal or a medal that you wear or an award that you keep in your room. This is an encouragement for me to go forward, and to believe in myself, and to know that there are people who are supporting me in this campaign, and we are standing together. We all want to make sure that every child gets quality education. So this is really something great for me.

However, when I found that I had won the Nobel Peace Prize, I decided that I would not leave my school. Rather I would finish my school time. I went to the physics lesson. I learned. I went to the English lesson. And it was totally like a…… I considered it was a normal day. And I was really happy with the response of my teachers, and my fellow students. They were all saying that they were proud of me. I am really thankful to my school, to my teachers, to my school fellows for their love, for their support. And they really encourage me, and they are supporting me. So I am really happy.

Even though it is not going to help in my tests and exams; that totally depends on my hard work, but still, I am really happy that they are supporting me.

I have received this award, but this is not the end. This is not the end of this campaign which I have started. I think this is really the beginning. I want to see every child going to school. There are still 57 million children who have not received education, who are still out of the primary schools. And I want to see every child going to school and getting an education.

Because I have myself suffered in the same situation when I was in the Swat Valley. And you all may know that in Swat there was Talibanization, and because no one was allowed to go to school. At that time I stood up for my rights, and I said that I would speak up. I did not wait for someone else.

I had really two options. One was not to speak and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed.

And I chose the second one. Because at that time there was terrorism, and women were not allowed to go outside of their houses, and girl's education was totally banned, and people were killed. At that time I needed to raise my voice because I wanted to go back to school. I was also one of those girls who could not get education. I wanted to learn. I wanted to learn and be who I can be in my future.

I also had dreams; like a normal child has.

I wanted to become a doctor at that time, now I want to become a politician, a good politician.

And when I heard that I could not go to school, I just for a second thought I would never be able to become a doctor. I would never be able to be who I wanted to be in future. And my life would just be getting married at the age 13 or 14. Not going to school, not becoming who I really can be. So I decided that I would speak up.

So through my story, I want to tell other children all around the world that they should stand up for their rights. They should not wait for someone else. And their voices are more powerful. It would seem that they are weak, but at the time when no one speaks, your voice gets so louder that everyone has to listen to it. Everyone has to hear it. So it is my message to children all around the world; that they should stand up for their rights.

The award that I have received: The Nobel Peace Prize, I believe that the Nobel committee, they have not just given it to me. But this award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard. And I speak for them, and I stand up with them, and I join them in their campaign that their voices should be heard――that they should be listened to. And they have rights. They have the right to receive quality education. They have the right not to suffer from child labor, not to suffer from child trafficking. They have a right to live a happy life. So I stand up with all those children. And this award is especially for them, it gives them courage.

At the end, I would like to share with you that I had a phone call with honorable Kailash. I cannot pronounce his surname accurately, so I ask for forgiveness for that. I will just call him Kailash, if he wouldn't mind.

So I had a phone call with him right now, and we talked about how important it is that every child goes to school and gets quality education. And how many issues there are: that the children that are suffering and are not yet highlighted. We both decided that we will work together for this cause, that every child gets quality education and not suffer from these issues.

Other than that, we also decided as he is from India, and I am from Pakistan, we will try to build strong relationships between India and Pakistan. And nowadays, you know, that there is tension on the border, and the situation is getting…… it is not like as we are expecting. We want Pakistan and India to have good relationships. And the tension that is going on is really disappointing, and I am really sad because I want both the countries to have dialogue, to have talks about peace and to think about progress, to think about development. Rather than fighting with each other, it is important that both the countries focus more on education, focus more on development and progress――which is good for both of them.

So we both decided, and I requested to him, would it be possible to request the honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join us when we receive the Nobel Peace Prize in December, and I promised him that I would also request that the honorable prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, to join us when I get, and he gets the Nobel Peace Prize.

And I myself request the honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and honorable Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that they both join us when we receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I really believe in peace, I really believe in tolerance and patience, and it is very important for the progress of both the countries that they have peace, and that they have good relationships. This is how they are going to achieve success, and this is how they are going to progress. So it is my humble request, and I hope that it will be heard, it will be listened to.

And at end, I want to say that I am really happy for your support. I used to say that I think that I do not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. I still believe that. But I believe that it is not only an award for what I have done, but it is also an encouragement for giving me hope, for giving me the courage to go and continue this campaign. To believe in myself, and to know that I am not alone, and there are hundreds, and thousands, and millions who are supporting me.

So, once again, thank you so much to all of you.
































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