Sunday, July 14, 2013

16 Year Old Takes on Taliban...Again

Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N.
-Michelle Nichols

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world.

"Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution," said Yousafzai, speaking out for the first time since she was attacked.

Wearing a pink head scarf, Yousafzai told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and nearly 1,000 students attending an international Youth Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York that education was the only way to improve lives.

Yousafzai was shot at close range by gunmen in October as she left school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, northwest of the country's capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against the Islamist Taliban efforts to deny women education.
[Jewish Journal/Reuters]


LHwrites said...

She is an amazing girl and no doubt will be one of the leaders of change in that area of the world.

Bruce said...

If she can stay out of the way of Taliban bullets...and if she can keep her head attached to her neck, she could have a bright political future. Did you catch that she wore the shawl of the last female head of Pakistan?? She points it out at the very beginning.