Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel laureate in history. Yousafzai, known around the world as simply Malala, "has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations," according to the Nobel Committee's statement. The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Yousafzai -- whose name is also sometimes spelled Yousafzay or Yousufzai -- and Kailash Satyarthi, two champions for the cause of youth rights and empowerment.
"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," a statement announcing the pair as the winners reads. "Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60 percent of the present population is under 25 years of age."
In July 2013, at the age of 16, the Pakistani schoolgirl transfixed the world by delivering a moving speech before the United Nations, speaking out against the Taliban and other extremists. The remarks came less than a year after she was shot in the head by a Taliban militant on her schoolbus, presumably because she had blogged about promoting education for girls. The incident sparked a national and international outpouring of support for her.
"Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them," she said in the iconic speech. "So here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated."
Yousafzai will be speaking about the honor live on NBC at 11:30 Eastern Time Friday. Her remarks will be streamed live via the NBC website, or you can simply press play below to watch her offer comments: