Malala Yousefzai designated the youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Posted April 13, 2017

She may just be 19 years old but Malala Yousafzai has achieved much more than most of will in a lifetime.

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship Wednesday, as she called on the country to be bold in advocating for girls' education.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated Yousafzai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls' education.

Her appearance was kept secret from all but a few people involved in setting up the the visit, lancasteronline reported. Many are forced to marry early or must work or care for younger siblings, denying them their right to education.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric had earlier announced that the 19-year-old education advocate will focus worldwide attention on the need for all girls to go to school.

Mohammad Khan, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer based in Swat, said he was pleased that the worldwide community has appreciated Yousafzai's efforts and the ordeal she has gone through for the sake of women's rights and education.

What binds them all together is that they are leaders who have played iconic roles in world history, said Chris Alexander, the former Conservative immigration minister who oversaw the technical process behind getting Yousafzai citizenship. That is crucial. We can not ignore it.

"But Muslim people also need to unite and stand strongly against the extremists and against the terrorists (and say) that they are not us".

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"And I realized that if you remain silent, you are still going to be terrorised".

Girl's education should be a priority, not least because this is the surest way to women's empowerment, Ambassador Lodhi said and added, "None of us, after all can move forward if half of us are held back".

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"I want to thank you for being a wonderful community, for being such a diverse community and respecting different cultures", she told a packed auditorium. "You stood even stronger in the face of oppression; your passion for justice only intensified", he added. There are economic benefits, there are social benefits...the benefits you see are countless.

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"I am a Muslim and I believe that when you pick up a gun in the name of Islam and kill innocent people, you are not a Muslim anymore".

Having nearly died in 2012 from her injuries, Ms Yousafzai becomes the youngest ever Messenger. So I'm very short. I have exams; I also get C's and D's; I also have to work hard for my college. "I have went to refugee camp". So, I'm quite normal.