Earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai became the newest and youngest UN Messenger for Peace!
At only 19 years old, the activist was given the new position by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a special ceremony in New York. The official called her ‘the symbol of one of the most important causes in the world’ and praised her for her heroism in spite of what she’s been through.
When Malala was shot by the Taliban on her way to school, suffering life-threatening injuries, she didn’t cower and hide. Instead, she used her voice to fight for girls’ education worldwide, earning herself a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
After her new position with the UN was announced, Malala hit the stage to give a powerful speech, discussing her efforts to continue working towards educating women globally. “I stood here on this stage almost three and a half years ago when it was my sixteenth birthday…and I told the world that education is a basic human right of every girl and that no girl should be denied this right,” she said. “And I stand here today and say the same thing: education is the right of every child.” Malala also had a message for women everywhere: “I encourage all young girls there that you need to stand up as well, you need to believe in yourselves and you are the real change makers – if you do not stand up, change will not come.”
Watch her speech below!
Nominated messages have backgrounds in various fields like literature, entertainment, science, and sports as they work with the UN to make this world a better place. Congrats to Malala on this great honor!