October 10, 2014

CWY congratulates Nobel Prize Winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

Montreal, October 10, 2014 – Canada World Youth (CWY) congratulates children’s rights activists Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, and Kailash Satyarthi of India, for winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

At age 17, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest winner of a Nobel Prize and a vibrant example of the important role youth play in the world. Her leadership was revealed early on when at 11 she started blogging under a pseudonym for the BBC about her love of learning and Taliban oppression in Pakistan, especially its ban on educating girls in her area.

Satyarthi, 60, has been at the forefront of a global movement to end child slavery and exploitative child labor since 1980 when he gave up a career as an electrical engineer. Hi work, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain, has led the rescue of tens of thousands of child slaves and he also developed a successful model for their education and rehabilitation.

“We recognize the importance of working with and for children and youth as they represent such a valuable asset in our society”, said CWY President and CEO, Rita S. Karakas.  “As a leader in youth leadership for more than 43 years, CWY has seen first-hand how youth positively contribute to social change and we are very pleased to see the work of these two individuals being celebrated.”

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Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

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Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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