Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai wins World's Children's Prize

A picture of 2014 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child winner, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan stands next to World's Children Honorary Award winners John Wood of the US (left) and Indira Ranamagar of Nepal during a press conference on O
A picture of 2014 World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child winner, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan stands next to World's Children Honorary Award winners John Wood of the US (left) and Indira Ranamagar of Nepal during a press conference on Oct 28, 2014 in Stockholm. -- PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Girl's rights champion Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history, won the World's Children's Prize on Tuesday, after a global vote involving millions of children.

Malala, 17, was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taleban near her home in Pakistan's Swat Valley for her advocacy of girls' right to go to school.

"Millions of children have voted to award Malala this year's World's Children's Prize for the rights of the child," the organisation said in a statement.

"Nobody has ever received the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize - often dubbed the 'Children's Nobel Prize' by the media - in the same year."

The award was created in 2000 and is part a worldwide educational programme in which children learn about global issues, democracy and their own rights.

The programme finishes with a global vote on who to give the prize to.

This year's honorary awards went to former Microsoft executive John Wood, founder of the Room to Read literacy group, and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal, for her work for the children of prisoners.

Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Anne Frank and Kofi Annan have previously been honoured in the awards.

Malala will receive the prize at a ceremony in Mariestad near Stockholm on Wednesday.

This year's laureates will share US$100,000 (S$127,326) to be used in their work for children's rights.