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April 08, 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

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The UN Secretary General António Guterres has selected Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace. With this, Malala (19) will become the UN's youngest-ever Messenger of Peace.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has announced that Malala would focus on promoting girls' education worldwide. Malala, also the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be officially designated at a ceremony on Monday at the UN's headquarters.

Note : This is the highest honour bestowed by the UN chief on a global citizen. 

About Malala Yousafzai :

Born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Ms. Yousafzai became an international symbol for the fight for girls’ education after being shot on October 9, 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.

The Pakistani education activist survived the attack and became an advocate for millions of girls denied formal education around the world.

In 2013, Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, co—founded Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to demand change.

She became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in December 2014, sharing the honour with Indian children's rights and education advocate Kailash Satyarthi.

Yousafzai's memoir I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, was published in October 2013.

Some of the Famous Awards Received by Malala
  • Nobel Peace Prize
  • Sakharov Prize
  • Simone de Beauvoir Prize
  • Honorary Canadian citizenship
  • National Youth Peace Prize
  • Sitara-i-Imtiaz
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