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Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace


She said this while addressing a huge gathering at United Nations headquarters, adding with the courage and resilience, the people of Pakistan have beaten back and prevailed over the dark forces of intolerance, which seek to impose their views through violence, said a press statement Tuesday from NY.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel laureate, has broken another age barrier and become the youngest UN Messenger of Peace, an honour she shares with Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron.

The Noble Laureate is the the youngest-ever "Messenger of Peace".

"You have been to the most hard places, visited several refugee camps".

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. "There is still a lot more to be done in providing education to girls in Pakistan as indeed in many other countries as well", she added.

"Education is the basic right for every child; especially for girls, this right should not be neglected", Malala was quoted as saying.

"So honoured to be standing with Malala Yousafzai to engage students on education and gender equality", tweeted Maryam Monsef, Canada's Minister of Status of Women. "It starts with us and it should start now", she said urging girls in her home town to let their voices be heard.

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UN News: Your father is here with you today and he was very instrumental in seeing that you went to school. "There are 1.6 Muslims in this world", she said.

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.

Yousafzai was shot in 2012 by the Taliban for attending classes.

Malala was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar in critical condition.

"The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed". She said since that day she made a decision to work for the goal of education and becoming a Messenger of Peace with special focus on girls' education was "clear evidence that I will continue working on girls' education".

In January 2009, Yousafzai began to keep a diary for the BBC's Urdu service, in which she detailed how she had been affected by the Taliban's rule, and what life was like for her and her peers under them. "Girls were stopped from going to school".

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