Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai has been made the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace.

A ceremony to this effect was held at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

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

Yousafzai and her family have since made Birmingham their home.

Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, receiving that worldwide accolade in 2014 when she was 17 years old.

Guterrers, while conferring the highest United Nations award on her, said Yousafzai's life was "a remarkable example of solidarity".

Yousafzai has spoken regularly on basic human rights and education for all, while also visiting refugee camps in Africa to highlight the plight of refugee girls.

She said "it is important for girl to realize that their action and their voice is important, and it is needed right now".

"Men should not clip the wings of women, and let them fly and let them go forward", she said. "And, once you educate girls, you change the whole community, the whole society", Yousafzai said.

Last year, on her 16th birthday, Malala addressed the United Nations in NY.

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Yousafzai, in her remarks, said the most hard time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley. "It wasn't that I was very intelligent or very clever or I had some special kind of training or something".

"People should look at me and the Muslims who are living in peace and believe in peace rather than looking at the few terrorists", Malala said.

Yousafzai's advocacy brought retaliation from the Taliban, which preferred to see women and girls oppressed.

"The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed", Malala said. "And it is a clear evidence that no one can stop me". "Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the goal of education".

In 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Kailash Satyarti, the Indian children's rights activist.

Yousafzai lives in Britain with her parents and younger brother. Yousafzai survived the attack and continues fight for human rights, in particular for female education. Your foundation has schools in Lebanon, in the Beka'a Valley.

Over 130 million girls are out of school today. Many are forced to marry early or must work or care for younger siblings, denying them their right to education.

"Education, learning, getting knowledge, discovering new things is the key part of Islam, which we often forget", Malala said.

"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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