Pakistan’s education activist and youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai has been declared as the the most famous teenager in the world’ in its “Decade in Review”, said a report by United Nations.
In part one of its “Decade in Review” series which takes place 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 Yousafzai’s work in favour of girls’ education for the year 2012.
“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.
Earlier, Yousafzai featured on the cover of Teen Vogue and opened up about healing from trauma, education and new wave of youth-driven change. Dressed in a scarf paired with shirts in different shades, Malala is a student at Oxford University.
Malala made headlines in 2012, when she was shot in the head by the Taliban at 15, for speaking out about girls’ right to education. She was just 17 years old when she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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