Malala earns global and national honour in one week
The children’s-rights advocate becomes UN Messenger of Peace and honorary Canadian citizen
NEW YORK — Malala Yousafzai has a lot to celebrate this week. Today the renowned children’s-rights advocate was named the youngest UN Messenger of Peace by António Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations (UN), and tomorrow she will receive an honorary Canadian citizenship.
As the Messenger of Peace, Yousafzai will bring global attention to the UN’s work with an emphasis on girls’ education, based on her years of experience fighting for a girl’s right to formal schooling. “You have been to the most difficult places […] visited several refugee camps,” said Guterres at a New York ceremony. “[You are a] symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world, education for all.”
Meanwhile, Yousafzai will receive the honorary Canadian citizenship bestowed on her in 2014. “The people of Canada are leading the world in their response to the refugee crisis,” says the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. “I am honoured by Parliament's invitation and look forward to visiting this great nation of heroes.”
At 15, Malala was targeted by Taliban assassins when she began advocating for the right of girls to attend school in her homeland of Pakistan. She continues her fight today.
At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, we’re committed to ensuring females have access to education and skills-training, so they can reach their full potential.
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