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Malala Yousafzai was just named a United Nations Messenger of Peace

Malala Yousafzai is one of the most well known activists for female education rights. On Tuesday, she was recognized for that and, at 19-years-old, she became the youngest person given the title of United Nations Messenger of Peace.    

The United Nations gives this title to "distinguished indivduals, carefully selected from the fields of art, music, literature and sports, who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations." Malala accepted the role and will focus on girls' education globally for at least the next three years. During her acceptance speech, Malala shared, "If you want to see your future bright, you have to start working now and not wait for anyone else."  

In 2012, Malala was shot by the Taliban, a Sunni Islamist organization that restricts education and attempts to stop girls from going to school, for advocating for education. News about the attack spread fast and Malala got support from millions of people around the world. Malala has since recovered and continues her fight for young girls everywhere to have the opportunity to earn an education. 

Photo credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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by Aarti Sharma and Cali Drouillard | 4/13/2017
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