Note to Correspondents: Secretary-General to designate Malala Yousafzai as United Nations Messenger of Peace

“Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment
to the rights of women, girls and all people,” the Secretary-General said on his selection of
Ms. Yousafzai for the designation. “Her courageous activism for girls’ education has already
energized so many people around the world. Now as our youngest-ever UN Messenger of
Peace, Malala can do even more to help create a more just and peaceful world.”

Born on 12 July 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Ms. Yousafzai became an international
symbol for the fight for girls’ education after being shot on 9 October 2012 for opposing
Taliban restrictions on female education. She survived the attack and became an advocate for
the millions of girls denied a formal education worldwide.
In 2013, Ms. Yousafzai and her father, Mr. Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founded Malala Fund to
bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls
to demand change. Ms. Yousafzai became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate on
10 December 2014.

Ms. Yousafzai is the first Messenger of Peace designated by Secretary-General Guterres.
United Nations Messengers of Peace are widely recognized public figures, who help to raise
worldwide awareness of the Organization’s ideals and activities. Through their public
appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they expand
public understanding of how the United Nations helps to improve the lives of people

Malala Fund
Founded by Malala Yousafzai, Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn
and lead without fear. Learn more at

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