UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Mon strongly supports Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai’s campaign for girls’ education, his spokesman said Tuesday.

‘The secretary-general continues to standby by the cause of education that Malala is advocating,’ spokesman Farhan Haq said when asked about the anti-Malala event organized by the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation in Islamabad on Monday. He said the UN chief, who calls Malala a ‘daughter of the United Nations,’ would continue to support her efforts. In October Malala, who was shot in the head by Taliban militants in October 2012, became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Moreover, ‘Over the last 20 months, Pakistani women have brought home an Oscar, an Emmy, Gold medals and now the Nobel Prize,’ read one of the banners at the event.

Members of civil society came together to pay tributes to Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old schoolgirl from Swat who has done the country proud by becoming the youngest Nobel laureate in the history of the prestigious awards. ‘Malala is a symbol of the struggle that women and girls have waged, against all odds, in a decidedly hostile environment,’ said poet and writer Harris Khalique.