Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace

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Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, newly designated as a UN Messenger of Peace, says extremists tried to kill her but didn't succeed and in her second life she is working for education especially for girls and hoping boys will become advocates for gender equality.

A ceremony to this effect was held at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

"You have been to the most hard places, visited several refugee camps".

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.

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres described her as a "symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world - education for all". She said since that day she made a decision to work for the goal of education and becoming a Messenger of Peace with special focus on girls' education was "clear evidence that I will continue working on girls' education". Yet, he said, Pakistan is also such an example.

"It is a matter of great pride and prestige for us that Malala Yousafzai has brought these honors for our homeland", he told Deewa.

"If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now (and) not wait for anyone else", he said.

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Backed by the highest honour bestowed by the Secretary-General on a global citizen, these prominent personalities volunteer their time, talent and passion to raise awareness of UN's efforts to improve the lives of billions of people everywhere.

Of her emergence as the leading campaigner for girls" education, she said: "It wasn't that I was very intelligent or very clever or I had some special kind of training or something. "There are 1.6 Muslims in this world", she said.

"What I realized is if you remain silent, you are still going to be targeted by these people", she said. "So speaking out, you can help people", she added and urged men of the families to support women and their rights.

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.

"I have second life for the objective of education and I'll continue working on this issue".

Her campaign led to a Taliban assassination attempt near her home in Swat that left her severely wounded. Yousafzai is the first UN Messenger of Peace to be appointed by the new Secretary-General.

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