Malala named youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace

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Malala Yousafzai poses for her Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014.

(CNN) Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education.

The 19-year-old Pakistani activist became known around the world after she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2012.

She narrowly escaped death and, since her recovery, has continued campaigning for the rights of girls around the world to access education.

Yousafzai accepted the accolade — the highest honor bestowed by the UN — from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York Monday evening.

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