08 April 2017 Current Affairs: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to be a UN messenger of peace, the highest honor bestowed by the UN chief on a global citizen.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced that she will focus on promoting girls’ education worldwide.
About Malala Yousafzai:- Yousafzai, 19, became a global symbol of the fight for girls education after being shot in the head in October 2012 for opposing Taliban restrictions on female education.
The Pakistani education activist survived the attack and became an advocate for millions of girls denied formal education around the world.
In 2013, Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai co-founded the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls education, and to empower girls to demand change.
She became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate in December 2014, sharing the honour with Indian childrens rights and education advocate Kailash Satyarthi.
Yousafzai is the first Messenger of Peace designated by Guterres.
Other messengers of peace:- This include actors Michael Douglas and Leonardo DiCaprio, primatologist Jane Goodall and musicians Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma.
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