Malala Yousafzai Just Became the Youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai Just Became the Youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi congratulated and praised Malala Yousafzai on being designated as United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls' education.

Yousafzai accepted the accolade - the highest honor bestowed by the UN - from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York Monday evening.

Malala said that the honour she received today from the UN Secretary General who designated her as a UN Messenger of Peace, was also given to Pakistan as well.

In her acceptance speech, the outspoken Malala only reiterated her stance on the rights of education for every girl.

Malala's story moved the world when she and her female classmates were shot by the Taliban on their way to school, leaving the then 14 year old with life-threatening injuries.

UN News: You've been advocating for years about girls" education and your accomplishments are incredible: "Nobel Laureate and now UN Messenger of Peace.

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Canada on Wednesday to receive her honorary citizenship and address the country's lawmakers after her first visit to Parliament in 2014 was put off because of a terror attack.

Calling Malala an icon of courage and resistance, she said that she epitomizes the courage and resilience of the people of Pakistan who have long defied the odds to overcome the challenges that have confronted the country.

She narrowly escaped death and, since her recovery, has continued campaigning for the rights of girls around the world to access education. "You are the real change-makers".

Yousafzai urged folks in the crowd to use social media to show support for refugees.

For Yousafzai, that will be girls' education.

She also became the youngest U.N. Messenger of Peace, joining a distinguished group including actors Michael Douglas and Leonardo Dicaprio, primatologist Jane Goodall and musicians Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma.

Mohammad Khan, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer based in Swat, said he was pleased that the worldwide community has appreciated Yousafzai's efforts and the ordeal she has gone through for the sake of women's rights and education.

In March, Malala also received an offer to study politics, philosophy and economics at a United Kingdom university, on condition of achieving three As in her A-levels.

"The true message of Islam is peace, the word Islam itself means peace", she said, adding that she was "proud to be a Muslim".

"I had to make a strong decision how I want to lead the rest of my life", she said. And I spoke out in Swat Valley and you can see how a child's voice was more powerful than the terrorists' guns.

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