Malala Yousafzai Was at School When She Won Nobel Peace Prize

The teen activist is the youngest person to ever win the award.

ByABC News
October 10, 2014, 7:53 AM

— -- Malala Yousafzai was at a fitting place today when she was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: school.

Malala, 17, is the youngest person to ever win the award.

She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan for insisting that girls have the right to an education. Her recovery and activism efforts continue in Birmingham, England, a worldwide inspiration for her spirit and determination.

Malala shares the honor with Kailash Satyarthi, 60, of India, with both recognized by the Norwegian Nobel Committee "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

She is expected to make a statement later today.

Malala was considered a favorite for the award in 2013, but fell short to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

This year, Malala has used her platform on a global level, pushing for help in the search for Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants. She spoke with ABC News in July about her second Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

“Last year, I said that I do not deserve it, and I still say that because I have started a campaign and it’s not over yet,” she told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “It’s not completed yet. And when I see that I have done something and I have achieved this big goal which I always dreamed for, then I’ll think that OK, now I deserve it.”