Malala visited the UN on July 12 to deliver an powerful speech where she fought for ‘the right to education of every child.’ Were you inspired by her speech?
On what the UN has dubbed “Malala Day,” Malala Yousafzai visited the United Nations on her 16th birthday to speak about education, women’s rights and equality of opportunity. In her inspiring speech, she said “I am the same Malala,” showing that her the terrifying attack from the Taliban has not stopped her from fighting for what she believes in.
Malala Yousafzai’s Full Speech At The UN
Malala spoke at the dais where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, also spoke. Her address to the United Nations Youth Assembly was her first public speech since she was shot in the head in October 2012 by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan.
Despite attempts to stop her, Malala said she will never stop fighting for what she believes in, and that the most important thing in life is education:
We call upon all the governments to fight against terrorism, to protect children from brutality and harm. We call upon the United Nations to expand opportunity and education for girls all over the world. We cannot all succeed when half of us are hampered.
I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same and my dreams are the same. I am not against anyone. Nor am I here to speak against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak up for the right to education of every child.
Here I stand not as one voice but speaking for those who have fought for the right to be treated with dignity, their right for equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated.
In many parts of the world, women and children are victims of child labor, forced to marry at an early age, and every government and world leader should stand up for women’s and girls’ rights, including compulsory free education for every child, she said.
When we were in class in Pakistan, we realized the importance of pens and books. The extremists were afraid of education. … That is why they’re blasting schools every day. Because they’re afraid of progress, afraid of change.
No one can stop us. If we want to achieve our goals, let us empower ourselves with a weapon of knowledge and shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.”
Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child. One teacher and one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.
How inspiring. Malala is such a fighter.
Gordon Brown: Malala Is An Inspiration
“(Malala) spoke out on the right of girls to seek an education, and the Taliban saw her as a target for assassination,” Gordon Brown chimed in. ”You’ve been taken from your own country that you love. And yet, on your 16th birthday, you’ve come here to urge us to do more,” Brown said.
As she spoke, grown women in the audience were seen wiping tears from their eyes, reports ABC News.
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WATCH: Malala Yousafzai Delivers Speech To United Nations
– Eleanore Hutch
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