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Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls' education

Updated Apr 11, 2017 10:47am


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Malala Yousafzai attends a ceremony with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres after being selected a United Nations messenger of peace in New York, NY, April 10.— Reuters
Malala Yousafzai attends a ceremony with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres after being selected a United Nations messenger of peace in New York, NY, April 10.— Reuters

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls education.

At 19, Ms Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the UN for an initial period of two years.

She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014 when she was 17.

“You are not only a hero, but you are a very committed and generous person,” Mr Guterres told her.

Other current Messengers of Peace include actor Leonardo di Caprio, for climate change, actor Charlize Theron, whose focus is prevention of HIV and eli­mination of violence against women, and actor Michael Douglas, for disarmament.

Ms Yousafzai has become a regular speaker on the global stage and visited camps in Rwanda and Kenya last July to highlight the plight of refugee girls from Burundi and Somalia.

The education activist came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Swat. She was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education.

“The extremists tried all their best to stop me, they tried to kill me and they didn’t succeed,” Ms Yousafzai said on Monday. “Now this is a new life, this is a second life and it is for the purpose of education.” She now lives in Britain, where she received medical treatment after she was shot.

Published in Dawn, April 11th, 2017


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majid Apr 11, 2017 08:23am

Well done Malala, you are the true daughter of the nation.

Nazir. Apr 11, 2017 08:24am

A great honour. Malala, daughter of Pakistan, we are proud of you beti.

Parvez Apr 11, 2017 08:29am

She makes me proud.

Babar Apr 11, 2017 08:34am

Congratulations to Malala!! Can you please elaborate her latest efforts for girls education in Pakistan. Maybe she can persuade international donors for the purpose. And open Malala girl schools chain in underprivileged areas of Pakistan. Would love to read something like that.

Muhammad Apr 11, 2017 09:18am

Malala you are a symbol of inspiration for the millions of people in Pakistan and all over the world

Ranjit Haripur Apr 11, 2017 09:19am

Malala is a pillar of strength for all us.

Sarah Apr 11, 2017 09:23am

Such a proud moment! Well done Malala.

MAK Apr 11, 2017 09:28am

Proud of you Malala daughter of Pakistan, God gave you the honour & saved you for greater things , hate mongers have been humiliated

DK PAMNANI Apr 11, 2017 09:31am

We are still unable to know what she has done for the society in Pakistan for Education. Her work if done, may be published to know better about her works.

Syed Irfan ali Apr 11, 2017 09:46am

Bravo Malala. You're a real hero of our country. A moment of honour and pride for Pakistan.

Sameer Apr 11, 2017 09:58am

I miss Edhi.

Farooq khan Apr 11, 2017 10:03am

She was an outstanding shining young star in Pakistan, and for now she is destined to be the brightest star in the world. Stay blessed, Malala.

Alexey Apr 11, 2017 10:19am

I wish i was like her.

David Apr 11, 2017 10:25am

@DK PAMNANI : First tell me what you have done for Pakisthan? It is our misfortune, we have mindset like yours, so ignorent. She has done great work, because of her thousands of parent are sending little girls to school in paksithan, millions of parents worldwide are affected in a positive way because of her. What more you want, another bullet in her head? Sorry mate. She is a face for girls education.

ahmad Apr 11, 2017 10:57am

Congratulations, pride of the Nation. You are the true daughter of Pakistan

SGH Apr 11, 2017 11:18am

Amazing Grace! Congratulations Malala. With best wishes for your project "Education for Girls and peace in the whole World".

Saif zulfiqar Apr 11, 2017 11:35am

Malala - You are Pride of Pakistan

Sky Hawk Apr 11, 2017 01:41pm

Malala always makes us proud. One day she will be the president of Pakistan.

Realist Apr 11, 2017 03:30pm

Great honor. Now please send her back to Pakistan.

Abdul Rehman Apr 11, 2017 03:31pm

@Saif zulfiqar : Malala - You are Pride of Pakistan.

She lives in Britain for safety, not in Pakistan. Pride of Britain..

Jawad Apr 11, 2017 03:35pm

I wonder if she spends her time studying or collecting those awards. If she is so dedicated towards education, must not waste precious hours & minutes on these award collections.

DK PAMNANI - INDIA Apr 11, 2017 03:40pm


I am Proud Hindu Indian based in Delhi

amar Apr 11, 2017 03:49pm

Yeah, Pakistan is proud of you. Now please return home & do something good for girls here as well.

bharath Apr 11, 2017 03:53pm

When Malala got Nobel peace prize, I had noted that nearly half of the comments from Pakistanis were negative, which was disturbing because they represented the educated Pakistanis. Today I see a very good change. Atleast more of the educated Pakistanis are accepting Malala and what she stands for.

m arif Apr 11, 2017 04:09pm

Few people in Pakistan are against education for women or against empowerment of women. Benazeer Bhutto in Pakistan could become Pakistan's Prime Minister but US has never had a woman President. In the US Congress and the Senate the current composition of women 1s only 19.4% and 21% respectively. Where do women need more empowerment? Empowerment of women and secularization of society are two different issues which are being mixed together. Miss Malala has to prove her neutrality and worthiness by going to Srinagar and speak about the rights and empowerment of women in particular and the Kashmiri people in general. In the next stage she should concentrate on the empowerment and rights of the Rohingya girls and women and men who are forced to leave their homes and the Mayanmar Government does not do anything about that although the government is headed by a Noble Laureate......

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Apr 11, 2017 04:15pm

@DK PAMNANI - INDIA But you like Pakistan and Pakistani Websites a lot.So why are you so critical of Malala who has been honoured by the prestigious United Nations. Her honour is also the honour of the Pakistani Nation?

sherryaar Apr 11, 2017 04:28pm

well i feel pity on people who dont know anything about malala..2 girls were shot by terrorist .. how come one only is so famous? what about the other girl.. what about other girls in palestine and syria ?? how come malala father can speak american accent english living in pakistan? how come he and malala met few days before the incident with richard holbrooke? how come every month she is been given some sort of awards for promoting eduction in pakistan? how come she is being given these awards while living outside pakistan? what good she is doing for pakistan?

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Apr 11, 2017 04:42pm

@sherryaar Do you think it is easy to get all the way to United Nations to get the prestigious award which Malala has been given? You have put tons of questions for a 19 year old to solve? Where is your logic? be realistic and proud that she has made Pakistan proud internationally?

Mumtaz Baig Apr 11, 2017 05:42pm

May I please know why not EDHI?

Masood Hussain Apr 11, 2017 05:46pm


DG Apr 11, 2017 06:18pm

Can there be a greater moment !

I waited full day to count the comments... Only 30 comments.

We are busy over usual daily matters !!

Ather abbas Apr 11, 2017 06:23pm

@sherryaar Excellent points. There was no education in Pakistan till Malalla came along and was shot in the head. That filled our colleges and universities with students, teachers and education. Malalla gave us education. We are proud of her. Good girl!

Mohammed Apr 11, 2017 06:42pm

@sherryaar agreed you are very correct.

majid Apr 11, 2017 06:56pm

@sherryaar atleast she brought a good name for Pakistan

tariq Apr 11, 2017 08:03pm

May all parents have daughters like Malala. She is a national icon representing all that is good. proud to be a Brummie because Malala lives here.

tariq Apr 11, 2017 08:07pm

@sherryaar Conspiracy theories will get you nowhere. She is looked up to the world over because she practices what she preaches, unlike so many other so called pious 'leaders'.

sabawoon safi Apr 11, 2017 08:13pm

Well done. We proud on you

rashid ansim Apr 11, 2017 08:20pm

She is my girl. Great job Malala. We are proud of you and wish you success in your mission. I pray for you and your family every Fajir prayers. I can't wait for your to grow up soon and come back and straighten out our our country also.

Muhammad Apr 11, 2017 08:21pm

@sherryaar There are lot of people in Pakistan who have sympathies with terrorists and they always try their best to exonerate them and present them as savior no doubt such people are quite annoyed with Malala who exposed them while she was still very young and as soon as her real identity exposed they tried to finish her the terrorist came to kill her they were not interested in other girls who were injured in the incident (at least you have accepted that there was a attack a two girls were injured because most of the terrorist sympathizers even do want to accept this reality also) she is now in UK for the last many years therefore it is not surprising that how she is speaking English fluently (anyhow to make your comments more spicy you wrote american accent) your agony is understandable

Salim Khan Apr 11, 2017 11:05pm

Great news that she has another star on her resume and I am truly proud of her. I hope she does something for her city Swat with regards to the girls education. The condition of schools is pathetic in Swat and it's sounding areas. She can sponsor some model elementary schools in the area so her own people are benefitted as well.