Both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi have demonstrated tremendous courage in the face of powerful adversaries. Malala, a child herself, has challenged armed groups in her fight for the right to education for girls, as well as boys. Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of the struggle against child slavery and the exploitation of children for commercial gain.
I hope this acknowledgement of the work of two extraordinarily inspirational human rights defenders will serve to reinforce the political will of States and the efforts of institutions and individuals around the world to uphold the rights of children, the most vulnerable and most precious of their resources."
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