Malala Yousafzai Is The Youngest Ever UN Messenger Of Peace

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In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17, two years after she was almost killed by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' rights to education.

Malala Yousafzai, UN messenger of peace and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will be in Ottawa on Wednesday to receive her honorary Canadian citizenship in Parliament.

The reception followed an impressive ceremony at which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres designated Malala as UN's Messenger of Peace.

Girls' education champion. Nobel Prize victor.

She urged Canada to use its turn as president of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations in 2018 to press for the education of girls and refugees.

Because of her advocacy for girls' rights to education, Yousafzai was shot and severely wounded by a gunman as she was taking a bus home from school in Swat, Pakistan, in 2012.

Of her emergence as the leading campaigner for girls" education, she said: "It wasn't that I was very intelligent or very clever or I had some special kind of training or something. Girl's education should be a priority, not least because this was the surest way to women's empowerment, she said.

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"I was just 10 when more than 400 schools were destroyed", she recalled in her 2014 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

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"Dear Canada, I'm asking you to lead once again", she said, to a standing ovation. There were so many other girls who also wanted to speak out but their parents, their brothers, did not allow them.

"I am still in shock that I actually met her", Patterson said.

"I want to thank Canada for its passion for girls' education, for its passion for humanity, for refugees, and for standing up for women's rights, and for peace".

"You are a symbol of perhaps the most important thing in the world, education for all", he added. "We don't believe in anything that they're doing", she said.

"Malala, your story is an inspiration to us all", he said.

Honouring her for the vital role, Guterres, said: "You have been to the most hard places [.] visited several refugee camps".

Other current Messengers of Peace include actors Leonardo di Caprio (climate change), Charlize Theron (prevention of HIV and elimination of violence against women), and Michael Douglas (disarmament). But UN Messenger of Peace, this has given me even more strength and it will keep me strong and also will give me a bigger platform with which I can spread my voice for education.

Yousafzai will arrive on Parliament Hill at 11:30 a.m. ET, where she'll be greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the House and Senate Speakers.

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