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Malala Yousafzai Celebrated Her 16th Birthday By Giving An Incredible Speech at the U.N.

Society & Culture  (tags: Malala Yousafzai, United Nations, Youth Assembly, education, women, children, rights, hope, poverty, terrorism )

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot and nearly killed by Taliban fighters for advocating that all girls should have the right to go to school, spoke this morning at the U.N. Youth Assembly ... on what was dubbed "Malala Day."

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Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:38 am
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot and nearly killed by Taliban fighters for advocating that all girls should have the right to go to school, spoke this morning at the U.N. Youth Assembly in New York City on what was dubbed "Malala Day." Simply reading the transcript of her remarks don't do them justice—so here’s the full video. Stick with it, it's worth it. Keep in mind that today is her 16th birthday, and that these are her first formal public remarks."

It is true, simply reading the transcript will not do Malala's speech justice. This almost 18 minute speech is very inspiring.

Malala was chosen as a Time Magazine Person of the Year. Read about it Malala Yousafzai Time Person of the Year

Malala has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. From NBC World News
"Malala’s name was put forward because of "her courageous commitment to the right of girls to education. A commitment that seemed so threatening to the extremists that they chose to try and kill her,"

Malala nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Emma S (239)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:43 am
Thanks for this, Lynn, Her self-possession is nearly as impressive as her message of non-violence. Extraordinary.

Ben O (152)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:04 am
Malala is indeed an example to follow!

P A (117)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:49 am
May God-Allah protect and bless Malala Yousoufzai and all like her forever! She is an utterly amazing young woman - who wants peace and education and tolerance for all. It is the most amazing achievement for a 16 year old girl (never mind one who has been through so much trauma) to speak in such an august and intimidating gathering. She is amazing! (And I am so glad she thanked all those who had prayed for her, and said how she had learned peace and forgiveness from all the major religions - and I hope that was her family I saw glowing with pride in the Reserved seats! God bless them all!). Sorry I can't give you a star for this Lynn - it was wonderful!


P A (117)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:50 am
Sorry - typo - Yousafzai......

Arielle S (313)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:15 am
Amazing, amazing young girl - I dislike the words "hero/heroine" which are used far too often and not always correctly, but for me, this girl is indeed a heroine.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:39 am
I hear her speech and she was simply fantastic! She's one wise brave soul...and an inspiration to all! Thanks Lynn

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:09 am
Special brave girl!

Julie E (405)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:42 am
Women and young girls are finally standing up for themselves. This is the only way that changes are going to be made. Sadly, women and young girls are getting killed, gang raped and injured. They are all so brave, especially Malala.

Tim C (2420)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:29 am

SusanAWAY A (219)
Monday July 15, 2013, 7:16 am

Kit B (276)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:42 am

I think that violence is often it's own worst enemy. This is one excellent example of violence kicking it's own ass. Had the Taliban never touched this child we would have not seen this beautiful child speak to the UN. There are so many issues that can be addressed, solutions found, aggression ended with education. It will not happen over night, so the sooner we begin the better the world of tomorrow.

Mike M (40)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:11 am
t was a very good and moving speech. I do not know if she wrote it or if she was coached but the delivery was exceptional. Considering she is still on a hit list she and others which will follow her are very barve

James Maynard (84)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:18 pm
This young woman, if we can keep her alive,
is destined to be a leader. Best wishes for
her and all women.

Dot A (182)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:19 pm
-at the U.N. Youth Assembly ... on what was dubbed "Malala Day."
If someone knows how to start a petition, I bet the whole of womanhood would sign this one!!!
[as others have noted, things often work in mysterious ways; as the intent to shoot the youthful woman who wanted to be heard and the bullet that hit her brain, is now the bullet of truth that is heard around the globe]

This goal will be a hard mountain to climb, however, the view at the top will astound anyone who has eyes to see.
Malala Day!!!
Humanity will be better for the 'one!'

Dot A (182)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:23 pm
should be-
Humanity will be better for THIS 'one!'

Loredana V (29)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:08 pm
So young, and so determined! Her speech gave me goosebumps, I do hope the world listen to her, and learn. She is great!

Robert S (111)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:38 pm
This young girl is possessed of incalculable courage and fortitude. May she inspire the world.

. (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:48 pm
Throughout history, the power of action, will come from a woman.

Gaby A. (11)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:49 pm
Thank You Malala -- your speech was great-and understandable for anyone !!! Good Luck & Take Care

S J (130)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:53 pm
Very impressive, thanks Lynn. Noted and shared.

pam w (139)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:07 pm
Ariele is often, we use the word HERO to apply to some sports figure. That's inappropriate.

A HERO is someone who is very afraid...but acts anyway. This young woman certainly knows the danger she faces every time she shows her face...and she does it anyway!

I cried, watching her speech. She deserves every accolade possible!

Marianne B (107)
Monday July 15, 2013, 5:13 pm
I hope this woman/child wins the Nobel Peace Prize. She truly deserves it.

Winnie Adams (179)
Monday July 15, 2013, 7:06 pm
What an amazing person. I can't wait to see what she does next.

Sheila D (194)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:01 pm
Noted. This young lady deserves the Peace Prize for surviving horrific things & coming through it so strong.

Wonder it is exactly that has many men so scared of women that they want to subjugate, and in other parts of the world, mutilate, maim, and or kill us????? Don't jump all over me - I said many, not all...

reft h (66)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:41 pm
She already gives a speech with authority and grace, at such a young age. I hope she can remain safe and continue to do good work.

Colleen L (3)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:58 pm
I too hope that she wins the Peace Prize. She's a young lady I see becoming a great leader in the future. Thanks Lynn

Cheryl Morel (4)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:40 am
I wish she was my daughter, what a wonderful young lady, and so brave, May God be with you and every step you take.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:46 am
I remember reading sometime back now, how Malala wanted to be a doctor so that she could bring healthcare to people who might not otherwise have it. But her father thought that she should go into politics because she had certain gifts. She resisted but I think that it is plain, she does have the gifts to bring about change and represent her people.

@ Pat A --- Yes, those were her father, mother and two brothers in the reserved seats, and rightfully very proud .

@ Arielle --- I agree. It is a word to easily used, but very fitting in Malala's case.

@ Kit --- So true! So true!

Thanks all. I am sure we will all be waiting for the announcement of the next Nobel Peace Prize recipients, as well as Malala's next steps in her life journey. I venture to say that she still has some school time left.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:44 am
I suggest everyone listen to her full speech. Wonderful! She truly is a worthy person to receive the Peace Prize.

Education is the key. She fully realizes that.

Gene J (290)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:48 am
That needed a tissue alert. She was right in all that she said and the way she said it. She is the face of women and children everywhere and deserves not only their support but the support of men everywhere. Those who would harm her and other girls and boys first attack their ability to receive an education. This is a young voice I hope the world hears for many decades to come. We all need her. May she be safe and prosper.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:07 am
Many very good comments above. Unable to add...

Malala deserves to be heard and seen. She has a very bright future ahead of her.

Ty, Lynn.

. (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:19 am
A brave young woman -full of promise-full of hope. Her survival and voice is a testament to all that is good and right. Ty-Lynn

Melania Padilla (122)
Friday July 26, 2013, 5:51 pm
Love her! I really believe she is just begining to change things!!
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