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UN: Malala Yusafzai speech at the UN

Sunday 14 July 2013, by siawi3


BBC News - Malala Yousafzai speech in full

Publiée le 12 juil. 2013
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has addressed the United Nations as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.

Source : Wluml, July 12
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Today the brave Malala Yousafzai turned 16. Today, Malala honored her comrades- 21 girls who were murdered in Pakistan on the 15th of June simply because they wanted an education.

The 12th of July marks Malala’s 16th birthday but Malala insists that this is not her day. Here I stand, she says, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.

On the 9th of October 2012, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban soldier for advocating education for girls. This cowardly act failed to steal her life, and failed to silence this brave girl’s voice which calls for justice, peace, and equality. In her words “nothing has changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born”

A few hours ago 16-year old Malala delivered a speech before the United Nations and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, calling upon all governments to ensure free, compulsory education all over the world for every child. She called upon the “world leaders to change their strategic policies in favor of peace and prosperity… that all of these deals must protect women and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the rights of women is unacceptable” she said.

We wish to commend the bravery and resilience which Malala continues to demonstrate in her struggle to promote girls education, and to add our voices to hers and the millions worldwide who are struggling daily for the right of every girl, boy, woman and man to have an education.

Please join us in honoring Malala on her birthday, and honoring all human rights defenders by signing the petition which calls on the United Nations General Assembly to fund new teachers, schools, books and recommit to getting every girl and boy in school by December 2015.

“Let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness” Malala Yousafzai.