Malala Yousafzai made youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai made youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

Yesterday, the United Nations designated the 19-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai as their youngest-ever Messenger of Peace.

At 19, Malala is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised Yousafzai for her "courageous defense of the rights of all people, including women and girls, to education and equality", and called her "the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world", CNN reported.

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. "The messenger of peace award will give her a moral mandate and authority by the United Nations to do her global campaign for education, specifically for girls' education around the world".

In 2014, she was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

Malala rose to worldwide prominence after she was almost killed in 2012 when the Pakistani Taliban shot her in the head and neck on her way from school. Yousafzai survived the attack and continues fight for human rights, in particular for female education.

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FILE - Malala Yousafza, speaks to refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, July 12, 2016.

Following the official presentation, Guterres and Yousafzai conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls' education.

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"And I realized that if you remain silent, you are still going to be terrorised". She was of the view that to bring about the change we have to take a step forward and the time to take that step is NOW.

At the ceremony, Trudeau said that Malala's story was inspirational.

"These are the defining traits of the Pakistani people who by their commitment and courage are determined to defeat the dark forces of intolerance", she added.

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