Malala Yousafzai is an amazing and inspiring 17 year old Pakistani female education activist, who became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2014. This is the girl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, addressed the UN on being an advocate for education for all children and told the president of the United States drone strikes were wrong.
The Nobel Committee praised “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Malala has won the Nobel Peace Prize alongside children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
On July 12 last year, on her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations, delivering a remarkable speech, which you can watch below in full:
In her speech she recalled the moment that changed her life forever:
“On 9 October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. And my dreams are the same. Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all the terrorists and extremists. I do not even hate the Talib who shot me.”
Malala, appeared on The Daily Show,where she recalled when she found on Google the Taliban were targeting her for daring to speak out in a blog on the BBC News website and actually left Jon Steward speechless.
“But later I started thinking and I used to think that the Talib would come and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want’.”
Let her words be written inside every mind ..
We encourage you to continue to spread wisdom. Your message is heard and spread forward!
Your words have touched every heart and every soul. We needed You, a 17 year old teenager to remind us how lucky we are and never forget to cherish everything we are given in life, that we sometimes forget. FREEDOM! EDUCATION! VOICE! Every change starts from us. We need to be the change we want to see in the world! To be better human! TO BE HUMAN! Thank you and God bless you Malala!