Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls' education

Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls' education

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has been given the designation of youngest-ever "Messenger of Peace" by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

In 2009, when she was just 11 years-old, Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym, describing her life under the Taliban.

She urged Canada to use its turn as president of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations in 2018 to press for the education of girls and refugees.

Yousafzai reacts as she is celebrated for her work as an worldwide advocate for girls' education.

Yousafzai, 19, is internationally known for her efforts in advocating for womens' rights as well as for girls' education.

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Malala said she was honoured to be the Messenger of Peace. The thing that I have realised from my experience in 19 years, they haven't learnt yet in their 50, 60+ years. She accepted her title last night at a ceremony in NY, where she also delivered a powerful speech, reminding others of the importance of education.

"I am still in shock that I actually met her", Patterson said.

"It is our responsibility, especially in the richest countries, to express our solidarity to all those who unfortunately can not provide to their children the education they have the right to receive", he continued. "You are the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world probably the most important cause in the world and that is education, education for all, and particularly because we know it is more hard in many societies education for girls", Guterres said.

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"You need to stand up. you need to believe in yourselves".

"Malala, your story is an inspiration to us all", said Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, during the ceremony, where he presented Yousafzai with a certificate of honorary citizenship and a Canadian flag.

The highest honour given to a citizen by the UN, Yousafzai received the award to promote girls education. On Oct. 9, 2012, Yousafzai, then 15, was attacked and shot in the head while on the school bus.

Malala, in her remarks, said the most hard time she faced had been from 2007 to 2009 in the Swat Valley.

Threats to education in Pakistan were spotlighted again by the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014 that left 145 people dead, majority children.

Malala Yousafzai: I started speaking out but I wouldn't have been able to go forward and speak out without my father, without my parents.

Current Messengers of Peace include Charlize Theron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Stevie Wonder, Jane Goodall, and Jordanian Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

The deadly attack on the young girl sparked global outrage, and she was transferred from a hospital in Pakistan to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for life-saving treatment.

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