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Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

India TV News Desk New Delhi 11 Apr 2017, 8:45:15 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Nobel Peace Prize winner  Malala Yousafzai was on Monday designated as the UN Messenger of Peace by the Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

19-year-old Malala has become the youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace. 

On this occasion, the UN Secretary General said that Malala has been given this honour service to the ideals and objectives of the United Nations and her courageous defence of the rights of all people, including women and girls.

Malala said she was honoured to be the Messenger of Peace. At the occasion, she once again appealed for equal education opportunities for girls.

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

Born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan's Swat Valley, Yousafzai became an international symbol of the fight for girls' education after being shot on October 9, 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.

She survived the attack and became an advocate for the millions of girls denied a formal education worldwide.

Malala became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014.

(With IANS inputs)