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Malala Yousafzai Has Been Named Youngest UN Messenger of Peace

DENVER, CO -OCTOBER 21: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai speaks at Denver South High School Friday, October 21, 2016. Yousafzai made a surprise appearance to the school which has enrolled quite a few refugees from around the world. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Malala Yousafzai speaks at Denver South High School, October 21, 2016.

Malala Yousafzai made headlines around the world in 2012 when she was shot in the head by a gunman for speaking up about girls’ right to go to school. She survived the attack, and has since become a global activist for the importance of education. In 2014, she became the youngest ever Nobel laureate when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – and now, she’s been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace. Malala accepted the honor from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday evening in New York. “I stood here on this stage almost three and a half years ago,” she said in her acceptance speech, “and I told the world that education is the basic human right of every girl, and I stand here again today and say the same thing.” Last year, Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi was also recognized by the United Nations when she was named Planet 50-50 champion for the Arab States Region, working with UN Women.

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