New UN peace messenger Malala Yousafzai will promote girls' education

13 April, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
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"I want to thank you for being a wonderful community, for being such a diverse community and respecting different cultures", she told a packed auditorium. And I stand here today and say the same thing: education is the right of every child'. Indeed, she said that her father always told people not to ask him what he did for Malala, 'but ask what I didn't do - I didn't clip her wings'. If you do not stand up, change will not come. "And once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society", Yousafzai said in a speech at the United Nations.

Her campaign led to a Taliban assassination attempt near her home in Swat that left her severely wounded.

Pakistani human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai has become only the sixth person, and the youngest, to ever receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The Pakistani activist had already been nominated for the distinction past year. And I have learnt so much in my 20 years of life - from seeing terrorism, extremism, to then being attacked at the age of 15 and now at the global stage fighting for girls' education.

In 2012, the Pakistani education activist was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out about girls' rights to attend school.

Malala Yousufzai is seen recuperating at the The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on October 19, 2012.

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Miraculously, Yousafzai survived and continued her work.

The deadly attack on the young girl sparked global outrage, and she was transferred from a hospital in Pakistan to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for life-saving treatment. "I have went to refugee camp". While receiving primarily positive reviews in the West, it has been banned in many private schools in Pakistan and a number of shopkeepers in the northwest of the country refuse to sell it.

Following the designation ceremony Guterres and Yousafzai took questions from youth representatives from around the world, many of whom are first or second generation immigrants or refugees in the United States.

In 2013, brought Malala not only full recovery, but also a number of prizes. The youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient will focus especially on an issue particularly close to her heart - girls education. Girl's education should be a priority, not least because this was the surest way to women's empowerment, she said. She said Pakistan is now uniting against extremist forces and showing that people in Pakistan believe in peace and education, and girls in Pakistan believe in their right to go to school.

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