Malala Yousafzai made UN Messenger of Peace

Posted April 11, 2017

On April 10, in United Nations headquarters, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, will honor Malala Yousafzai during a ceremony.In her new role she will now help in promoting the girl's education all around the world.

19-year-old Malala has become the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace.

She said while recovering from the Taliban attack, she realized that "extremists tried everything to stop me and the fact that they didn't is clear evidence that no one can stop me". At the occasion, she once again appealed for equal education opportunities for girls.

With this, Malala also became the first person to be designated by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres since he assumed office in January.

Wearing a light pink headscarf, Malala said she was honored to be the Messenger of Peace.

"You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person", Mr Guterres told her.

"I have second life for the objective of education and I'll continue working on this issue".

In 2013 the activist had been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in Strasbourg for her activism for girls' education, which almost cost her her life two years ago.

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

This time, the world was listening when she spoke: "I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child".

According to United Nations statistics, more than 130 million girls do not go to school.

She stressed that "Muslims need to unite and stand really strongly against terrorists and say that "they are not us, we don't believe in anything that they are doing".

Yousafzai lives in Britain with her parents and younger brother. Many are forced to marry early or must work or care for younger siblings, denying them their right to education.

She has visited the families of the Chibok girls in Nigeria, worked with Syrian refugees - opening two schools for them in Lebanon - and has invested in education for girls in her native Pakistan.

In Yousafzai's hometown of Swat, people hailed her new United Nations title. Her campaign led to a Taliban assassination attempt near her home in the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan that left her severely wounded.

Nineteen-year-old Yousafzai became the 13th Messenger of Peace, joining, among others, actor Michael Douglas, naturalist Jane Goodall, and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan.