Malala wins Nobel Peace Prize, tells haters to ‘#SUCKIT’
After losing last year to an intergovernmental group that lobbies for the prohibition of chemical weapons, Pakistani child education activist and gunshot victim Malala Yousafzay has finally won the coveted Nobel Peace Prize this year, along with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
In a rare display of typical teenage bravado moments after learning of her victory, Malala took to her Twitter account to share the news with her followers as well as tell her haters to “#SUCKIT.”
Speaking later at a press conference in her adopted hometown of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Malala appeared to have come down from her Nobel Peace Prize high and exhibited her usual poise and restraint. She thanked her parents and supporters, and vowed to “never stop fighting for education rights for girls.”
“This victory is not for me, but for all the girls of the world. It is a reminder that tragedy can turn into opportunity, pain into deliverance, war into peace, love into hate,” she said. “Never stop dreaming your dreams.”
Malala also congratulated her co-winner and praised him for his tireless efforts to campaign for child rights and an end to human trafficking.
“Kailash Satyarthi is truly a gift from Allah, and an inspiration to me, and to all who love children,” Malala said. “May Allah smile upon you always and forever, Kailash.”
At the age of just 17, Malala is the youngest person ever to receive the prize. She and Mr. Satyarthi will now be invited to attend an award ceremony in Oslo in December to receive a medal and $1.4 million in prize money.
When asked what she would do with her winning, Malala said she will use part of it to build better classrooms in her homeland of Pakistan. She has also hinted at “perhaps getting a makeover” and “going to a One Direction concert or five.”
“I really would love to go backstage and hang out with Zayn Malik,” Malala said between giggles. “He is so fine.”