Monaco, 10 October 2014 – Malala Yousafzai, victim of an assassination attempt by Taliban extremists for defending young girls’ right to an education, has today won the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, along with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.

A firm believer in the power of sport for the advancement of women’s rights worldwide, Malala Yousafzai joined forces with Peace and Sport organization at its Dubai Forum in 2013. The event saw policy-makers and athletes from the region debate on the place of women in an ever-changing Middle East. 

Unable to travel to the event due to her injuries, Malala Yousafzai addressed the Forum delegates via a video message in which she said “Thank you so much, for support of education and equality for girls, through the power of sport, on such a significant day. I look forward to visiting you in Dubai and hope to attend the festivities with my family.”

Joël Bouzou, President of Peace and Sport, says: “On behalf of the entire peace through sport movement, I would like to warmly congratulate Malala Yousafzai for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is an inspiration for the peace through sport movement. Through her example, sport and peace will move forwards together, hand in hand, to make the world a better place.”