NEW YORK: The United Nations (UN) has declared Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai as “the most famous teenager in the world.”
In part one of its review series, which takes into account events that happened between 2010 and the end of 2013, the UN highlighted the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, the beginning of the ongoing Syrian conflict for 2011 and Malala’s work in favor of girls’ education for the year 2012.
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From a young age, Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai was known for speaking out in favor of educating girls and highlighting the atrocities of the Taliban.
Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts for children’s rights in 2014.
In October 2012, Malala was shot in the head at a point-blank range by the Taliban as she was returning home from her school in Swat valley.
“The attack made waves around the world, and was widely condemned: On Human Rights Day that year, a special tribute to Malala was held at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), pushing for action to ensure every girl’s right to go to school, and to advance girls’ education as an urgent priority,” UN wrote.
“Malala’s activism and profile have only grown since the assassination attempt. She became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2017, with a special focus on girls’ education,” it added.
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The 22-year old Malala was also recently chosen by Teen Vogue as its cover person for its last issue of the decade. The magazine announced it had decided to “reflect” the last ten years with the education activist.