Speak for Yourself

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Malala Yousafzai addresses the United Nations

6949_malala-yousafzai-getty-130712-bPakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai  addressed the United Nations today, on her 16th birthday. It was her first public appearance since  being shot by the Taliban  on her way to school last October.

Malala’s impact has been remarkable. Speaking out for the education of women was supposed to be her death sentence, but today  she spoke direct to  world leaders and called for them to provide better access to education for children and young people everywhere.  The occasion was momentous,  and her words are very  affecting.

Here is an excerpt, and you can watch the whole speech below.

“Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights. There are hundreds of human rights activists and social workers who are not only speaking for human rights, but who are struggling to achieve their goals of education, peace and equality. Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them.

So here I stand… one girl among many.

I speak – not for myself, but for all girls and boys.

I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”

 

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