Malala Invites Amina & 4 Others to Attend Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

 Matt Dunham—AP

Matt Dunham—AP

Joint Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai invited our very own Amina Yusuf along with Kainat Soomro from Pakistan, Mezon Almellehan from Syria, and school friends Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz to attend the ceremony as her guests in Oslo, Norway on December 10th.

In her formal acceptance speech, Malala remarked that "this award is not just for me. 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. I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice ... it is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education."

She added that she had brought Amina and her 4 other friends to Oslo because her story is not unique, but rather the story of many others. "I am not a lone voice, I am many. I am Shazia. I am Kainat Riaz. I am Kainat Somro. I am Mezon. I am Amina. I am those 66 million girls who are out of school."

Malala dedicated the prize money to the Malala Fund and launched the #TheLast advocacy campaign committed to ensuring that it will be this generation that will be #TheLast to see any child denied an education. 

Malala was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."