The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai (19) is set to become the youngest United Nations Messenger of Peace.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will appoint Malala and she will help promote girl’s education around the world as part of her new role.
The designation ceremony will be held next week at the UN headquarter. The Secretary-General said, “Even in the face of grave danger, Malala has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people.”
He added, “Her courageous activism for girls’ education has already energised so many people around the world” and she can do more things to help create a peaceful world as the United Nations youngest Messenger of Peace.
In October 2012, Taliban shot her in the head for protesting Taliban restrictions on female education and her courage make her a global symbol of the fight for girls’ education.
Since then, she has continued campaigning on the world stage and she became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.
After the Taliban attack on her, she received medical treatment in Britain and has studied there. She and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai co-founded the Malala Fund to aware about the economic and social impact of girls’ education. In the US, she became an advocate for millions of girls who denied formal education around the world.
Last week, she visited refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda to emphasise the difficulty of refugee girls from Burundi and Somalia.
The duty of the UN Messenger of Peace is to raise worldwide awareness of the Organisation’s ideals and activities.
They contact with the international media and humanitarian work through their public appearance. They expand public understanding of how the UN helps to improve the lives of people around the world.