Malala Receives Top UN Honor to Promote Girls Education

Apr 13, 2017, 00:49
Malala Receives Top UN Honor to Promote Girls Education

Pakistan's teenage Nobel Prize victor and children and girl's rights activist, Malala Yousafzai on Monday was named the youngest ever United Nations Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls' education.

The reception followed an impressive ceremony at which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated Malala as UN's Messenger of Peace.

The 19-year-old was bestowed the highest honour by the United Nations to a citizen, for an initial period of two years. She went on to push for education around the world, and was even named the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize victor in 2014.

The 19-year-old became a global symbol of the fight for girls' education after being shot in Pakistan's Swat valley in 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.

But it was the Taliban's attempt to kill her for her advocacy that brought global attention to Yousafzai and her work, turning the teen into an enduring symbol for women the world over fighting for the right to an education. "Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the goal of education". Malala Yousafzai spoke in the morning at Church World Service Lancaster's annual Community Appreciation Breakfast.

Malala Yousafzai stands with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and her parents after arriving on Parliament Hill for her Honorary Canadian Citizenship ceremony in Ottawa on April 12, 2017.

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

"You think President Trump needs to go to a refugee camp?" "It starts with us and it should start now", she said urging girls in her home town to let their voices be heard. And girls like me who are Muslim'. She said Pakistan is now uniting against extremist forces and showing that people in Pakistan believe in peace and education, and girls in Pakistan believe in their right to go to school.

She was designated the role at a ceremony in NY on Monday.

She has lived in the English city of Birmingham, where she continues to advocate for women's rights, since a successful operation following the attack.

"It is a matter of great pride and prestige for us that Malala Yousafzai has brought these honors for our homeland", he told Deewa.

"Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energized so many people around the world, " he said in a statement.