In its Decade in Review, the United Nations (UN) has declare Nobel laureate and Pakistan’s education activist Malala Yousafzai as the most famous teenager in the world.
In part one of UN’s review series, which takes into account event that happened between 2010 and the end of 2013, the UN highlighted the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, the start of the Syrian conflict for 2011 and Malala’s work in support of girls’ education for 2012.
For her efforts for children’s rights, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Back in October 2012, Malala was shot in the head a point-blank range by the Taliban while she was coming back to her home from her school in Swat valley.
“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.
The 22-year-old was also recently chosen by Teen Vogue as as its cover person for its last issue of the decade.