- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage girl who made headlines after the Taliban attacked her for advocating for girls' right to education, delivered her first public speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly after a lengthy recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.
- The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Malala to the UN's New York headquarters.
- Her family sat in on the youth assembly, as 16-year-old Malala delivered a moving 18 minute speech calling for men and women to band together and rally for equality to education.
- The teen, wearing a shawl once owned by Benazir Bhutto, started her speech saying she was honoured to be given the opportunity to address the UN.
"I don't know where to begin my speech. I don't know what people would be expecting me to say," she started.
But as she delved further into her address, it seemed Malala knew exactly what would resonate with her audience. Quickly, quotes from her address started being shared on the web.
- In honour of the teen's 16th birthday and her ongoing advocacy for girls' education, the UN declared July 12 Malala Day.
The designation prompted worldwide demonstrations of solidarity with Malala's cause.
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- themclovingoodAbsolutely beautiful! She resonates compassion and resilience that few others can. I will definitely mark my calendar for Malala's Day. I agree with the last...Absolutely beautiful! She resonates compassion and resilience that few others can. I will definitely mark my calendar for Malala's Day. I agree with the last tweet post; I hope that, I too, am still around when she is elected president of Pakistan.more2013-07-14T03:53:38.149Z