New York : Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girl’s education.
Yousafzai accepted the Prize from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Monday evening.
“I stood here on this stage almost three and a half years ago, and I told the world that education is the basic human right of every girl,” she said in her acceptance speech. “And I stand here again today and say the same thing. “Once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society.”
She also called on other girls from her home country (Pakistan) to make their voices heard.
“You need to stand up … you need to believe in yourselves,” she told them. “You are the real change-makers. If you do not stand up, change will not come … It starts with us and it should start now.”
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.