Day 38 Malala Yousafzai – Books and Pens are our most powerful weapons (12 July 2013)

Here is Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN, in full. Check it out. She is remarkable, with presence, clarity and great strength.

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Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997) is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and the Nobel Peace Prize, being the youngest nominee in history…

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  1. […] only five years, Malala Yousafzai has evolved from a vocal advocate for girl’s education in Pakistan into a survivor of terrorist violence, global activist, fundraiser, and nearly mythic icon. The key […]

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