Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan — targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child’s right to education.

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), on 12 July — declared as “Malala Day” — the President of the UN General Assembly and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education with the support of A World at School initiative are organizing the UN Youth Assembly, where more than 500 young leaders from around the world will convene to accelerate the goal of getting all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.

Screenshot Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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  1. I can't understand it, there are Afghans and Pakstanians who hate Malala. All People who are against Malala, they have a problem with me. I am on the side of the Aliens, I believe in Empathy.

  2. Really there is no one as malala usafzai and i would like to say them who are looking my coment she is the best in the whole world
    She is a amazon girl my openion

  3. Really Malala adressed very well she is really a good lady she achieved noble peace prize who spend her money to serve helpless children that is the best way for learning

  4. Malala is not only a simple girl but also she is the motivational teacher in the contemporary era.
    Every words of her is like a spirit word that encourages all the human being to do a good work

  5. Malala is good person and acheive there goals and support all of the children in the world espicialy education onthe othere side malala is compotition and struggle taliban last but not least i say go forward mlala iam intersted your speeches

  6. Malala is the one an only girl who use the freedom and independent masha allah.. Assalamu alaikum varah… If someone not able to support that girl means keep silent don't unlike and discourage her plsss

  7. EVERY TIME I feel sad about the state of democracy, I watch this or Obama (2008) and I am reminded this is what darkness is fighting. You cannot win against Malala or Obama. They speak the light in every soul. A light generated by nothing but hope and love.


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