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Malala receives highest U.N. honor to promote girls education

Malala receives highest U.N. honor to promote girls education

Men should not clip the " wings of women and let them fly", Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai said as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated her as the youngest-ever "Messenger of Peace".

Her bravery not only earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, but on Tuesday, the United Nations' secretary-general bestowed his highest honor, making her the youngest ever United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Not bad for a 19-year-old, who is doing her A-levels and has an offer to study PPE at Oxford University. That attack only strengthened her resolve and as media coverage spread of the cowardly attack, her recovery and her ongoing campaign she soon became an global symbol and champion for girls' education. She said Yousafzai's story hit close to her heart because there are women where she was born that still can't get an education.

The 19-year-old Pakistani activist became known around the world after she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2012.

She has lived in the English city of Birmingham, where she continues to advocate for women's rights, since a successful operation following the attack.

Please understand that womenofchina.cn, a non-profit, information-communication website, can not reach every writer before using articles and images. "I think people should look at me and all of the other 1.6 billion Muslims who are living in peace and believe in peace rather than looking at a few terrorists...they are not us", she said during the designation ceremony.

"I'm hopeful and I encourage all young girls (in Pakistan) to stand up as well". Addressing ambassadors, diplomats and top United Nations officials present at the occasion, Malala expressed the hope that while representing their own countries they also speak out for human rights and for education which was a human right.

"You are a symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world: education for all", Guterres said.

Mohammad Khan, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer based in Swat, said he was pleased that the global community has appreciated Yousafzai's efforts and the ordeal she has gone through for the sake of women's rights and education. But UN Messenger of Peace, this has given me even more strength and it will keep me strong and also will give me a bigger platform with which I can spread my voice for education. And, according to Ziauddin, girls' education is an essential part in achieving world peace.

The event marks the end of almost four years of effort, first by the previous Conservative government and then by the current Liberal one, to recognize Yousafzai's achievements in promoting the rights of girls and women to go to school.

Malala Yousafzai spoke in the morning at Church World Service Lancaster's annual Community Appreciation Breakfast.

She also became the youngest U.N. Messenger of Peace, joining a distinguished group including actors Michael Douglas and Leonardo Dicaprio, primatologist Jane Goodall and musicians Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma.