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Malala wins World's Children's Prize 2014 in Sweden, called the 'Children's Nobel'

  • Malala Yousafzai  of Pakistan listens to a question at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden  Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year.  (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan listens to a question at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year. (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Malala Yousafzai  of Pakistan smiles at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden  Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year.  (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan smiles at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year. (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Malala Yousafzai  of Pakistan gestures as she speaks at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden  Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year.  (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency)  SWEDEN OUT

    Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan gestures as she speaks at the World's Children's Prize ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Malala is the first ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the World's Children's Prize in the same year. (AP Photo /Anders Wiklund, TT News Agency) SWEDEN OUT  (The Associated Press)

Children's rights activist and Nobel Peace winner Malala Yousafzai has received the World's Children's Prize 2014 — a global vote involving millions of children.

The Sweden-based awards organization said Wednesday the 17-year-old Pakistani girl, who began speaking out for the rights of girls at age 11 and was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, won the prize for "her courageous and dangerous fight for girls' right to education."

The 2014 World's Children's honorary awards went to former U.S. Microsoft executive John Wood for promoting children's reading programs and to Nepalese social worker Indira Ranamagar for helping prisoners' children.

The annual prize, worth $50,000, is given for work toward "a more humane world in support of the rights of the child." The honorary awards are worth $25,000 each.