Two years after she made history as the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest United Nations Messenger For Peace. On Monday, the 19-year-old accepted the highest honor that can be bestowed by the United Nations. Yousafzai used her speech to emphasize that she’ll continue to fight for girls’ right to education.
Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban in 2012 after she spoke out about the importance of education for girls. She was shot in the head as she returned from school and, after her recovery, Yousafzai rose to international fame. She has used her platform to continue promoting this incredibly important message.
Messengers of Peace are selected by the United Nations to highlight the organization’s work and bring further attention to key causes.
Yousafzai joins the likes of Jane Goodall, Charlize Theron, Stevie Wonder, and Leonardo DiCaprio, all of whom currently hold the same title.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised Yousafzai’s “courageous defense of the rights of all people, including women and girls, to education and equality” and “unwavering commitment to peace” during Monday’s ceremony. The teen, who never ceases to inspire, hopes to attend Oxford University in the fall and recently kicked off a “girl power” trip around the world to meet with girls in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.