Malala started her Nobel lecture thanking supports to her cause from all over the world. She also thanked her family, who were present in the ceremony hall among other distinguished guests.
– Thank to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly. Thank you to my mother for inspiring me to be patient and to always speak the truth- which we strongly believe is the real message of Islam, said she.
She also added that she was there to stand up for the rights of forgotten and frightened children, and raise their voice rather than pity them. More over, she said the award was not just for her: “It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.
Malala further emphasized how she is honoured to receive the award together with Indian Kailash Satyarti, who has been a champion of children’s rights for a long time.
– I am glad that we can stand together and show the world that an Indian and a Pakistani can be united in peace and together work for children’s rights, said she.
Malalaya’s speech was often interrupted with applauses.
Malala and Satyarthi received their awards from the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, Thorbjørn Jagland in the presence of King Harald V of Norway.
My Dear Daughter Malala
In his speech, Kailash Satyarthi addressed Malala as his dear daughter Malala.
He said he gives the biggest credit of this honour to his movement’s Kaalu Kumar, Dhoom Das and Adarsh Kishore from India and Iqbal Masih from Pakistan who made the supreme sacrifice for protecting the freedom and dignity of children.
He further noted that all the great religions tell us to care for children. Jesus said: “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to them.” The Holy Quran says: “Kill not your children because of poverty.”, added he.
– I refuse to accept that all the temples and mosques and churches and prayer houses have no place for the dreams of our children. I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms. I refuse to accept that all the laws and constitutions, and the judges and the police are not able to protect our children. I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom, said he.