Malala Demands Education in UN Speech
General Assembly celebrates her 16th birthday
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, applauds as Malala Yousafzai, right, addresses the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – What did you do for your sweet 16? Because Malala Yousufzai spent hers addressing the UN, which was celebrating a special "Malala Day" in her honor today, al-Jazeera reports. "Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons," said the Pakistani teen, who became a cause célèbre after the Taliban shot her for advocating female education. "One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution."

She then presented Ban Ki-moon with a petition signed by 4 million people demanding world leaders spend more on education, and on fighting child labor, marriage, and trafficking, Reuters reports. World leaders also took the opportunity to sing her praises. Gordon Brown extolled "her dream that nothing, no political indifference, no government inaction, no intimidation, no threats, no assassin's bullets," should deny children an education. By the end, chants of "We are all Malala" filled the chamber, according to ABC.

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KennyLLC
Jul 13, 2013 7:04 PM CDT
Poor gal doesn't realize that about half of the men in that room don't believe she has the right to speak, let alone get an education.
Sphinx
Jul 13, 2013 4:19 AM CDT
This girl is amazing. Instead of just settling in with her UK asylum and trying to put her heartbreak behind her, she is speaking out, keeping her fellow Pakistani citizens in the limelight and bringing attention to her cause. Color me inspired.
julianpenrod
Jul 13, 2013 12:27 AM CDT
P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } American foreign policy is a tissue of lies. The sinking of the U.S.S. Maine being blamed on Spain; claiming the U.S. did not spy on Russia with U-2 planes; the Gulf of Tonkin incident; the Reagan White House connivance selling mili8tary secrets to Iran for funds to support the Contras; the “Nayirah” fraud used to start the First Gulf War; the claims of banned weapons systems in Iraq. If there were enough demonstrating the inconsistencies and flaws in the lies, the damage the U.S. has done on the world scene might have been contained or at least made not as easy to accomplish. So the lie of Malala Yousufzai also needs to be exposed. The story goes that she was discovered by the BBC because of comment sin her diary. How did they find out about them, did they go through the country checking girls' diaries? The BBC broadcast her supposed comments, with her name. If it is so dangerous for her, why didn't they evacuate her from Pakistan? Why didn't the Taliban attack her sooner? Why didn't they use a suicide bomber, it can be surer than just shooting? According to the official “trajectory” of the “bullet”, the “assailant” would have to be standing three high in mid air! The kind of injury should produce a lot of blood flowing forward, but she was also supposedly wearing a heavy robe. So there should be no blood on the wall behind her. But, the published photo of the bus she was in, with benches along the walls acting as seats, has a huge red stain of “blood” behind where she was supposedly sitting! And the kind of injury should produce a black eye, immense black and blue scarring on the cheek and jaw, huge amounts of bleeding and powder burns. But the initial picture of Ms. Yousufzai don't show signs of any of those. Incidentally, the fraudulent “nurse” “Nayirah” addressing the UN, arranged by the George H.W. Bush White House, was what led to the First Gulf War. Incidentally, Twiny's characteristically quisling obligatory lobbing of invective at “the bad guys”, in this case, the Taliban. Did Twiny term the Taliban “incompetent” and “cowards” when, as the mujahedeen, they were credited with driving the Russians out of Afghanistan?