Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls education

Published: April 11, 2017
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Malala Yousafzai with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. PHOTO: UNITED NATIONS

Malala Yousafzai with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. PHOTO: UNITED NATIONS

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012.

At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honor given by the United Nations for an initial period of two years. She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014 when she was 17.

“You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person,” Guterres told Yousafzai.

Other current Messengers of Peace include actor Leonardo di Caprio, for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women, and actor Michael Douglas, whose focus is disarmament.

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.

The Pakistani education activist came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, northwest of the country’s capital Islamabad.

She was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

“The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn’t succeed,” Yousafzai said on Monday. “Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the purpose of education.”

She now lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot. Yousafzai said that when she finishes secondary school in June, she would like to study philosophy, politics and economics at university.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Moiz
    Apr 11, 2017 - 5:01AM

    when will this drama end? and when will u stupid guys stop reporting it?Recommend

  • abreez
    Apr 11, 2017 - 8:44AM

    Beauty of Pakistan, if you work for CIA then gods of judiciary cannot punish you for violating Article 6 and if you work for MI6 then you have very good C.V. for your future.Recommend

  • Asif
    Apr 11, 2017 - 9:01AM

    If someone can convince me what good she has done, and has rendered services practically to the local community in Swat actually, or she is just being apprised of lips service. Recommend

  • Raisani
    Apr 11, 2017 - 12:31PM

    Well-thought plan of Ziauddin Yousifzai worked more than his expectations. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:30PM

    Have not said anything about Syrians children died in gas attackRecommend

  • Alter Ego
    Apr 11, 2017 - 1:45PM

    Just show me one school opened by Malala.Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:47PM

    @Raisani:
    Why, did they fire blanks at her head ? Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Apr 11, 2017 - 2:49PM

    When will this CIA/MI6 psy-op end ?

    We Pakistani, have had enough of this drama !Recommend

  • Carol Khan
    Apr 15, 2017 - 11:41AM

    Her father was the blogger …We all know that. Recommend

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