Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been appointed a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head.
They were waiting to hear from Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, who only 12 days earlier had won the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on girls education, work that began when she was just 11 years old blogging about her experience going to school.
Malala answered questions from young people after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially bestowed on her the highest honor the United Nations chief can give a global citizen, calling her "a hero" and an inspiration for defending the rights of all people to education and equality while putting her life at risk.
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The attack was seen as retaliation for her outspoken opposition to the group blocking women and girls from getting an education. Yousafzai survived the attack and continues fight for human rights, in particular for female education.
"Education has the power to change the world", he said.
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Welcoming Malala Yousafzai at a reception hosted by Pakistan's Mission to the United Nations in her honour, she said just like Malala did, the people would always reject those who challenge the vision of Pakistan set out by founding fathers: of a modern, tolerant and progressive Muslim country.
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"I am still in shock that I actually met her", Patterson said.
"You are the symbol of one of the most important causes of the world...and that is education for all", said Guterres.
In her acceptance speech, the outspoken Malala only reiterated her stance on the rights of education for every girl. You need to believe in yourselves.
"Malala, your story is an inspiration to us all", he said.
Malala now lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot.
She has visited the families of the Chibok girls in Nigeria, worked with Syrian refugees - opening two schools for them in Lebanon - and has invested in education for girls in her native Pakistan.
The role of U.N. Messengers of Peace is to focus attention on the work and principles of the U.N. around the world.
Answering questions, she said her most hard time was under Taliban rule in Swat from 2007 to 2009 "because we were at a point of making a decision about whether to speak out or remain silent".