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Malala Yousafzai to become UN's 'Messenger of Peace'

India TV News Desk New Delhi 08 Apr 2017, 15:30:00 IST
India TV News Desk

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is all set to become the youngest-ever “Mesanger of Peace” of the United Nations (UN).

The announcement in this regard was made by the UN chief Antonio Guterres who will officially designate 19-year-old Malala as “Mesanger of Peace” on April 10 .

According to Daily Pakistan, The ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York  will be followed by a conversation between Guterres, Yousafzai and other youth representatives around the world on the theme of girls' education.

"Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people," Guterres said on Friday on his selection of Yousafzai for the designation. 

"Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energised so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world," he said.

Born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan's Swat Valley, Yousafzai became an international symbol for 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.

In 2013, Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founded Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to demand change. 


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

(With IANS inputs)