On April 10, in United Nations headquarters, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, will honor Malala Yousafzai during a ceremony.In her new role she will now help in promoting the girl's education all around the world. During a designation ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres selected and honoured Yousafzai as the organisation's Messenger of Peace.
Yousafzai became an advocate for girls' education when she was 11 years old and living under Taliban rule in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
"Education is the basic right for every child; especially for girls, this right should not be neglected", Malala was quoted as saying.
Malala came to prominence when a Taliban attacker shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Swat.
She has since become a global human rights leader, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate and has co-founded the Malala Fund to help the millions of girls who lack access to formal education.
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With this, Malala also became the first person to be designated by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres since he assumed office in January.
She was critically injured and was treated in Birmingham, where she now lives.
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Most recently, Yousafzai condemned the U.S. 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.
"Accepting the accolade in NY, she said: "(Bringing change) starts with us and it should start now".
Speaking of her ordeal, Yousafzai told the crowd that "the extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed. This means that now this a new life, a second life, and it is for the objective of education".
According to United Nations statistics, more than 130 million girls do not go to school.
She went to Britain for medical treatment and now goes to school there. Girls often lack access to education because they have to work, care for younger siblings or are married early.
Ms. Yousafazi went on to say that brothers and fathers must also support women and girls in the global effort to ensure education for all and, more importantly, to "be who they want to be".
Other current Messengers of Peace include actor Leonardo di Caprio, for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, for the prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women, and actor Michael Douglas, for disarmament.