This year’s Nobel Peace Prize shows that generations and nations can stand side-by-side to demand a better world for children. But it also puts in stark relief the injustice of a world where education can be classed a crime, a 15-year old girl is shot simply for wanting to learn, and boys and girls are forced to spend their childhoods working in a factory. So whilst it must be a moment for celebration, it must also serve as a rallying cry to the world to do more to ensure every child can be certain of a better future.
Tremendous progress has been made. More girls are attending school than ever before, the number of children under-5 dying of preventable diseases has halved, and fewer young people are living in poverty. But it is not enough. Too many girls have their education cut short and are forced into marriages they do not want, too many children grow up without enough food to eat or water to drink and too many of them live in communities whose very existence is threatened by changes to the climate.