UN Names Malala Yousafzai Its Youngest Messenger Of Peace

The designation is the highest United Nations honor given to a civilian.
Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 11, 2017

Malala Yousafzai is now a United Nations messenger of peace. 

At just 19 years old, she is the youngest person ever to receive this honor from the U.N. 

She was also the youngest Nobel laureate, winning the Nobel Peace Prize when she was 17 years old. 

Growing up in Pakistan, Yousafzai became an education advocate at a young age. Her actions got the Taliban's attention, and in 2012, two of its members nearly killed her. 

After her recovery in the U.K., Yousafzai became an even bigger champion for girls' education. She co-founded the Malala Fund to push for change around the world. 

The messenger of peace designation is the highest U.N. honor given to a civilian. Each recipient helps the U.N. raise awareness for a global issue for at least two years. 

For  Yousafzai, that will be girls' education. 

"This right should not be neglected. If you want to go forward, you have to give education to girls. And once you educate girls, you change the whole community, you change the whole society," Yousafzai said in a speech at the U.N.

Other messengers of peace include actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who focused on climate change, and singer Stevie Wonder, who focused on people with disabilities.