Nobel Peace Prize winner Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai has been honored by the United Nations as the most famous teenager of the decade this year.
This is not the first time Malala has been hailed by the world body. She has been lauded by the international organisations as well as human rights wings for her bravery. Malala has now many awards under her name.
“UN’s initial review of the decade consists of the devastating Haitian earthquake, which occurred in 2010. The Syrian conflict in 2011 and Malala’s outspoken efforts in favor of girls’ education and condemning the systematic atrocities of the Taliban,” according to a UN handout.
It adds: “The UN focuses on the incident that took place on October 09, 2012. When Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism related to women’s rights and education.”
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The UN report further adds:
“Malala’s activism and profile have only grown since the assassination attempt. She won several high-profile awards, including the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2017, with a special focus on girls’ education.”
Malala was attacked by the extremist group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2012 when she was active in promoting girls’ education in Swat and other northern parts of Pakistan. She was shot on her way home from her school. Luckily, she survived the attack.
After the incident, the social activist rose to worldwide recognition and fame and was invited by several countries to leave Pakistan and become an education activist to promote girls’ education in many other countries like Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai became a prominent activist for giving people the right to education. Vowing to support girls’ education, Malala founded her own non-governmental organisation (NGO), Malala Fund in 2013. It is now an Internationally recognised organisation that supports and promotes girls’ education.
She has also penned a book called I Am Malala in which she has described her life events and about the incident she went through in Pakistan.