Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Malala Yousafzai Is The Youngest Ever UN Messenger Of Peace

Malala Yousafzai Is The Youngest Ever UN Messenger Of Peace

Recently, she was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education.

"You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person", he told her.

Because of her advocacy for girls' rights to education, Yousafzai was shot and severely wounded by a gunman as she was taking a bus home from school in Swat, Pakistan, in 2012.

She said while recovering from the Taliban attack, she realized that "extremists tried everything to stop me and the fact that they didn't is clear evidence that no one can stop me". Joining a list of notable persons including Jane Goodall, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, and Stevie Wonder, Yousafzai stands apart not only for her age, but for her accomplishments, and has promised to use her platform to continue to fight for girls' education worldwide.

Malala also praised Canada for welcoming more than 40,000 Syrian refugees, and appeared to add an appeal to the U.S.as well.

Rona Ambrose, then a Conservative MP and now the interim party leader, invited Ms. Yousafzai to Toronto in 2014 to mark the International Day of the Girl, an event now on the United Nations' annual calendar thanks to Ms. Ambrose's work as status of women minister in 2011.

"People should look at me and the Muslims who are living in peace and believe in peace, rather than looking at the few terrorists", she said. Malala's activism garnered global attention several years ago when she survived after being shot by the Taliban in 2012. She went to Britain for medical treatment and now goes to school there.

"Her courageous activism for girls' education has already energized so many people around the world, " he said in a statement. There, she has become an global advocate for girls' education through the Malala Fund, which she runs with her father, Ziauddin.

"You think President Trump needs to go to a refugee camp?"

Most recently, Yousafzai condemned the United States executive order banning people from several Muslim-majority countries, writing that she is "heartbroken" and asking President Donald Trump to not turn his back on families fleeing violence and war.

'Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society, ' Yousafzai said Tuesday during her acceptance speech.

"It is a matter of great pride and prestige for us that Malala Yousafzai has brought these honors for our homeland", he told Deewa. And I'm hopeful, and I encourage all young girls there to stand up as well.

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