Malala designated as UN's youngest-ever Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai was on Monday designated as the UN Messenger of Peace by the Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate in 2014 when she was recognised for her advocacy of the right of all children to education.

Malala is known as the girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against them.

In the year 2013, Yousafzai and her father co-founded the Mala fund in order to create more awareness about the girl education and the need to empower girls stand up and demand for the change.

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.

Taking a question from a young speaker in the audience, Ms. Yousafzai said the most hard time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley, "because we were at a point of making a decision about whether to speak out or remain silent".

Guterres recognized Malala as a "hero", and praised her modesty, calling her a "fantastic example of friendship and simplicity".

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

Malala said she faced a second challenging moment after the Taliban attack, which she doesn't remember, and woke up in a hospital in Birmingham, England.


Yousafzai has become a regular speaker on the global stage and visited refugee camps in Rwanda and Kenya last July to highlight the plight of refugee girls from Burundi and Somalia.

Malala was shot in the head by Taliban terrorists in 2012 for her bravery and resilience in defense of girls' education, sparking worldwide outrage and outpouring of support for the young girl.

After her designation, Guterres, Yousafzai and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, conversed with youth representatives from around the world on the theme of girls' education.

She went to Britain for medical treatment and now goes to school there.

Malala Yousafzai speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in NY on September 25, 2015.

Over 130 million girls are out of school today.

In Yousafzai's hometown of Swat, people hailed her new United Nations title. She was allegedly targeted for campaigning against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

"The sacrifice she has given for humanity, it has no precedent in [the] contemporary world", Khan told VOA's Deewa service.

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