Malala Yousafzai calls for women’s rights, access to education in UN address
- Year: 2013
- Length: 2:31 minutes (2.3 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Today, 16-year-old-Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for her work promoting education and rights for girls in her native Pakistan nine months ago, addressed the United Nation’s Youth Assembly in a call for education and social change.
“The Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopeless died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
The UN designated today, Yousafzai’s 16th birthday, Malala Day and brought together more than 1,000 youth leaders from around the world. Wearing a white shawl that she said belonged to the slain Pakistan leader, Benazir Bhutto, Yousafzai said the day is not only for her, but for the thousands of activists who are fighting for peace, education and equality across the world. Her address comes as UNESCO released a report on global education that found that nearly 60 million children still do not have access to regular schooling, about half of them in conflict zones. A majority are women and girls. Yousafzai said she did not harbor any sense of revenge for her attackers and pledged to continue her fight for greater access to education, especially for the world’s girls.
“So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up, let us pick up our book and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child. One teacher. One book. And one pen can change the world.”
The UN’s Global Education First Initiative has outlined three goals: to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship.