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New UN peace messenger Malala will promote girls' education

New UN peace messenger Malala will promote girls' education

"Accepting her latest honour from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Malala said: "[Bringing change] starts with us and it should start now.

She required multiple surgeries, but suffered no major brain damage and returned to school in Birmingham in March 2013.

Humanitarian and girls right's activists Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever messenger of peace for the United Nations (UN).

Malala Yousafzai, the irrepressible Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize victor who famously survived a Taliban bullet in 2012, has become an honorary Canadian citizen. She's only the sixth person to receive the honor and the youngest ever.

Malala said the most hard time she faced was living "in the situation of terror in Swat Valley from 2007 to 2009" and deciding to speak out.

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

For Yousafzai, that will be girls' education.

"Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society".

"[Bringing change] starts with us and it should start now", she said.

Regarding the horrific attack she suffered, Malala, a practicing Muslim, made a point of differentiating between extremism and Islam.

Pakistan's militant Islamist groups, including the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and their affiliates, use attacks on schools and universities to foster intolerance and exclusion, to target symbols of the government, and, particularly, to drive girls out of school.

Also present was Pakistan's United Nations ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, who later hosted a largely attended reception in honour of Malala Yousafzai in a United Nations lounge.

"I realized that extremists tried all their best to stop me; they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed", she said.

She narrowly escaped death and, since her recovery, has continued campaigning for the rights of girls around the world to access education.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan speaks during a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in NY on April 10, 2017.

"Her statements regarding Pakistan, Swat and being a Muslim were very important as it was a message to the world", she added.

Girls' education champion. Nobel Prize victor. She has also become a regular speaker at global events, has set up the Malala Fund to support girls' education projects in developing countries and continues her studies in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot.

Over 130 million girls are out of school today. They are our most powerful weapons.

Yousafzai joins the ranks of other U.N. Messengers of Peace, including actors Michael Douglas (disarmament) and Leonardo DiCaprio (climate change), and musician Stevie Wonder (persons with disabilities).

She sat down for an interview with UN News following her designation at UN Headquarters on 10 April to discuss what her new role means to her, what her advocacy efforts have taught her and what she thinks are some of the misconceptions people have about her.


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