Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel prize holder is appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls’ education. She was shot in the head on her school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected Malala for this highest UN honour.
She won Nobel peace prize in the very small age of 17 in 2014 and at 19, Malala is the youngest Messenger of peace.
Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said,
“Men should not clip the wings of women and let them fly. The role of men, fathers and brothers is really important. There were so many girls just like me in Swat Valley who could have spoken out but their fathers did not allow them, their brothers did not allow them to do so.”
In return Gueterres told Yousafzai that, “You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person.”
Other current Messengers of Peace include actor Leonardo di Caprio, for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women, and actor Michael Douglas, whose focus is disarmament.
Malala Yousafzai has become a regular speaker on the global stage. She had visited many refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda last July to focus on the problems of refugee girls from Somalia and Burundi.
Speaking about the past, Yousafzai shared, “The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn’t succeed. Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the purpose of education.”
Malala receives highest UN honour and lives in Britain. There she received all the medical treatment after she was shot in the head. She shared that she would like to study philosophy, economics and politics at university after she finishes secondary school in June.