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Malala Yousafzai appointed UN messenger of peace

Malala Yousafzai appointed UN messenger of peace

He expressed pride in designating Yousafzai as a Messenger of Peace which he said was inspired by her dedicated service to the ideals and objectives of the United Nations and honouring the fact that she had "shown, even in the face of grave danger, an unwavering commitment to peace".

The Noble Laureate is the the youngest-ever "Messenger of Peace".

The attack was seen as retaliation for her outspoken opposition to the group blocking women and girls from getting an education.

Beyond issues of education, Yousafzai has also been an outspoken advocate on issues of conflict and refugees. "Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole world".

Trudeau presented her with a framed certificate of citizenship, making her only the sixth person to receive the honour and the youngest ever.

UN News: Your father is here with you today and he was very instrumental in seeing that you went to school. Ms. Yousafzai said that when she finishes secondary school in June, she would like to study philosophy, politics and economics at university. "And it is a clear evidence that no one can stop me".

"The message I am spreading around the world to our leaders, to our politicians, (is) that they must prioritize education for each and every child around the world", she said to a standing ovation.

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"These are the defining traits of the Pakistani people who are determined to defeat the forces of intolerance", she added.

"Men should not clip the wings of women, and let them fly and let them go forward", she said.

In 2013, Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founded Malala Fund to raise awareness to the social and economic impact of girls' education and to empower girls to demand change. "Girls were stopped from going to school". Many are forced to marry early or must work or care for younger siblings, denying them their right to education.

Yousafzai joins the ranks of other U.N. Messengers of Peace, including actors Michael Douglas (disarmament) and Leonardo DiCaprio (climate change), and musician Stevie Wonder (persons with disabilities).

Malala Yousafzai, 19, made history once again on Monday. "I don't want to be thought of as the "girl who was shot by the Taliban", but the 'girl who fought for education, ' " she explained in her memoir, I Am Malala, published roughly one year after the attack.

Malala Yousafzai, 19, will be in Ottawa on Wednesday to address Parliament.

"Your story is an inspiration to us - all the violence you survived at the hands of the Taliban didn't deter you as it would have so many others", Trudeau told the ceremony.

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