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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Malala Yousafzai inspirational speech at the UN yesterday

Malala is the 16 year old Pakistani school girl and education activist who was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus on 9 October 2012. She marked her 16th birthday by addressing the United Nations at its headquarters yesterday Friday July 12th. Read her inspiration speech below and watch the video after the cut..
Thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and a new life. I cannot believe how much love people have shown me. I have received thousands of good wish cards and gifts from all over the world. Thank you to all of them. Thank you to the children whose innocent words encouraged me. Thank you to my elders whose prayers strengthened me.
Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing. Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights. I speak - not for myself, but for all girls and boys.
Dear friends, on October 9, 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 then, out of that silence came, thousands of voices.

The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our 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. 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 terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban.

I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The wise saying, "The pen is mightier than sword" was true. The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them.

That is why they are blasting schools every day. Because they were and they are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring into our society.

They think that God is a tiny, little conservative being who would send girls to the hell just because of going to school. The terrorists are misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society for their own personal benefits.

Women and children are suffering in many parts of the world in many ways. In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labour. Many schools have been destroyed in Nigeria. People in Afghanistan have been affected by the hurdles of extremism for decades.

We call upon the world leaders that all the peace deals must protect women and children's rights. A deal that goes against the dignity of women and their rights is unacceptable.

We call upon all governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child all over the world.
We call upon all governments to fight against terrorism and violence, to protect children from brutality and harm.

So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons.
One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.

The video...

171 comments:

Anonymous said...

bless her, she a vessel to set the captives free

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Words on point!

♚ ₳ӢϮì-βυℓℓȿħîϮ ♚ said...

Wow! Very Inspiring

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Quite heart-attending speech from the little girl.
more touching her decision of forgiving those that attacked,I couldn't help but fight back tears.
She's a source of great inspiration to people of her age.
Esucation is the best legacy. 1teacher,1pen,1 book,and we change the world.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Cintetic said...

What a brilliant speech. i support u girl, carry go.

Anonymous said...

Am in tears, imagine my country made d list. RIP to d dead

Gistyinka Blog said...

thank god for keep you save..

Anonymous said...

Haa, she said Nigeria...

Aroh Lyna said...

wow God bless u very brilliant of u

sandra felix said...

Wat a heart warmin speech. God bless u dear

Anonymous said...

I jst fell in love with her bless u malala

Anonymous said...

Oh love her speech. May God bless her soul and strengthen her d more.

Anonymous said...

Such inspiring words from a 16 year old. They are definitely afraid of the voice of women. God bless you dear

Luchy said...

Quite inspirational. A role model. Superwoman. May God continue to protect her.
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Anonymous said...

Her speech brought tears to my eyes.God bless her.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmm! *wiping my tears* baby girl nothing do you. we'll keep praying. BOKO HARAM una dey hear?????
akaya

naijajobs said...

She is very correct, Education is the solution

nony said...

Inspiring....u are nt alone in this struggle..

Anonymous said...

Some people are born to be great! She was born to be great!

Tiana said...

Woa! I am still claping. Only if d boko's will see dis nd understand it!

ade baptista said...

Allahu akbar

okeke obiiyy said...

God bless her... 1st page tnz.. Actually 2nd comment.. Hmmm. Comin up big

abdulrasaq yahaya said...

Wow!!!!!!!!! What a words of touching heart it really touch my heart "(THE PEN IS MIGHTER THAN THE SWORD)" may Almighty Allah in his infinity mercy continue to protect you from all evils around YOU. AMIN. ALLAHU AKBAR

EMERALD said...

Such a darling, well spoken. God bless her

Anonymous said...

*crying tears of joy* so all you novice nigerians that feel na only your country boko haram dey, look @ the world around u. Dem dey all over the globle but ours here is named boko haram.
Wise up!!!!!

okeke obiiyy said...

God bless her.. 1st page tnz.. Actually 2nd to comment.. Comin up real big

Anonymous said...

Nice one

Anonymous said...

Awww...God bless her

patalex said...

I feel like crying. Nothing has touched me this much in ages. Allah bless you. And shame to all extremists in all religions.

Anonymous said...

One word..........Inspirational:-)

Anonymous said...

I am proud of her, her words always inspire me. I pray our leaders listen to the cry of this young girl cos she's a gift to the world

Anonymous said...

#Applaud. Such an inspiration!

mee said...

Wise words hun..preach it..God bless her& keep her and other innocent souls from them crazy MOFOES.

Bysola said...

That was a great speech.hmmm speechless inspiring

Anonymous said...

Aaww am crying ds soo emitional

Anonymous said...

This young girl is soo inspiring you can't help but be moved by her words. So young so fearless so brave the people who shot her just turned her into hero for her country

»kruiza« said...

Pls help me tell dem ooh!!! Dey can't stop education even if they do d worst

Zaynab Maleek said...

Tsk tsk tsk, when wld these terrorists stop this rubbish, now they rnt ashamed to target a child nd shoot her?

Anonymous said...

Wow... From a 16 year old, amazing. The power in her words is just incredible!! God bless her and keep her to continue doing good

Anonymous said...

May God bless n protect u more...

bulletDaDiva said...

Chai!!!! Malala nwa m ooooooo!!! I love U̶̲̥̅̊! At my age I avnt even stood b4 my family †̥ talk too much, talk more of standing infront of UN as A̶̲̥̅̊ whole! Honey W̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ r behind U̶̲̥̅̊! Wisdom at work #OperationPickUpUrPenAndBooks!

Anonymous said...

May God continue to protect u Malala

Anonymous said...

Wow..she is blessed..what a speech.................THE DON

Anonymous said...

Very inspirational Allah bless you. I hope our leaders can take cue from a 16year old.

Anonymous said...

Really inspiring,brave young lady.

ugbala chinonso said...

that was really really inspirational..that gal is really an activist...sorry for her pain

Anonymous said...

Yes... God bless her. Education is one of the major keys in life. Once we are educated, and are in good position, we begin to see the wrld in a diff perspective. Education can stop ds religious crisis, it can prevent war..

Rough Diamond said...

Inspirational speech. Bless her soul.

AFRICZONE.COM said...

OKEY

Anonymous said...

Aunty Linda I can't see any video yet oooo

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have never commented on here........just reading her speech gave me goosebumps.God bless her

Anonymous said...

God bless her. Dis ppl should stop. Islam is d religion of peace, Almighty Ahllah does not encourage killing.

Anonymous said...

I love her courage

Anonymous said...

Waooo malala have been always outspoken

Anonymous said...

Truth from such a young heart. Education is key to world peace!

Hakeem Adewale Adedeji said...

Mehn, d speech is so touching and encouraging, imagine a young lady saying this with courage. I now believe wot a man can do a woman can do even better. Thumbs up 2 u Malala. Freedom 4 us all.

jemmy said...

aaaww....a very nice piece

Anonymous said...

Lot of courage in a 16-year old, enough to make a soldier ashamed. She gets my vote for personality of the decade. Now that it is serious matter, I don't see the comments rolling in

Anonymous said...

wat a sweet inspiritional nd also motivatinal speech.God bless u.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God, I read this with tears in my heart. May God use our leaders of today to save every nation that is going through terrorist attacks. Amen

chidi Abraham said...

Inspirational indeed . One school child one teacher ,one pen one book.applause

Anonymous said...

Great lines

Anonymous said...

bless ha dear lord

Funke Onas said...

May Allah continue to guide you and protect you Malala.

Anonymous said...

really inspirational....

Anonymous said...

Correct girl. I watched her speech live and it was so inspirational to see leaders from around the world stand to applaud a 16 year old whose strength and courage have distinguished her. I wonder what I was doing when I was her age...

Anonymous said...

True dat

↭PRINCE JOBLESS↭ said...

Muslims brings out my other side! Can't even look at this woman. #mong

Anonymous said...

Wonderful speech...GOD is ur strength

Adams Ede said...

Truly touching....

Anonymous said...

Malala destined for greatness! Am inspired by her message. God continue to preserve her.

Anonymous said...

a muslim girl!!!, wow, dats great.people ar sponsorin dis he goat terrorist nd am sure it's 4rm dis middle east but God pass dem,like osama they shall b crushed smday

Anonymous said...

Indeed....ђσώ inspiring

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such words of courage from a child.

Anonymous said...

Well said..

Anonymous said...

I admire her courage! I hope she inspires many women to get educated.

Anonymous said...

Nice one, May the Lord help you to carry and win the fight,Go girl....

Cianci said...

Bless you dearie, to educate the mind is to liberate it indeed.

Shepherd said...

I almost shed a tear when I watched Malala's speech on Fox news yesterday.
Educate the girl child today,from the boroughs of New York to the war ravaged streets of Somalia,the girl child suffers from a lot of abuse.
Here in America,referring to a girl as "Bitch" is considered a norm,most girls even pride in the term forgetting how very derogatory it is.
In most African countries,parents would rather give the male child an education before considering the girl child,they are often seen as lesser beings...how sad.
On a lighter note,I see a lot of music videos where women are depicted as nothing better than objects of gratification,the women seem to enjoy the attention as they shake their asses,grind,twerk, jerk,pop,lock and drop it like its hot. Oh well,for every time you shake that ass of yours,you lead one girl child astray and also lose some respect from proper men.

Anonymous said...

wooooooooow!!! Streams of tears dripping....u got me crying!!! That was quite inspirational and motivational. Indeed just as i have always said, ONE DAY A SWIFT REVOLUTION WILL COME FROM WITHIN. Malala you are the hope of every enslaved female in a so called religion...YOU SHALL LIVE TO SEE UR BIG DREAMS COME TO REALITY....niik!

Etooluwa said...

This one is gonna leave a mark on children and women in this world...I'm proud of her

Anonymous said...

Word! dats a leader in a child, perfection at its finest

Anonymous said...

God strengthen her

Jay Ricki said...

Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! What a speech from a 16years old.....

Anonymous said...

wow! she's one brave n intelligent girl.

Anonymous said...

Timely,well said&education of the girl child is not wasted,God bless her.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Speech That Makes The Talibans Speechless...May Allah Bless That Little Girl.

Anonymous said...

What an inspirational speech, am moved by her words... Bless yhu malala

Anonymous said...

encouraging...

Anonymous said...

I Thank God for her dat she is alive to say all dat she has said. Praise be to God. Linda abeg post my comment.

Anonymous said...

God will continue to bless and protect u. Amen

Anonymous said...

Didn't v dis kin of courage wen I was 16..God bless u Malala..may ur words pierce tru d hrts of men..

Anonymous said...

God stengthen her I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ jesuS name

Princess said...

May GOD continue to strengthen and protect her. It is unfortunate how people kill in the name of religion when the teachings of their religion say directly opposite things. People should learn to respect and love each other as we are all children of GOD, and I see no reason why you should want to kill a part of you. When we come to the realisation that GOD is love, hence as we are all part and parcel GOD, we too have the capacity to love. LOVE IS THE KEY AND THERE IS NOTHING GREATER THAN LOVE

Anonymous said...

Well said. Its a miracle she survived that incident. God will bless her for speaking out without fear for us the youngsters.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow speechless! Thnx 4 dos inspirational words lil girl! May Allah bless u abundantly,may he continue 2 guide and guard u, ur a blessing 2 ur generation! Pple let ur perspective about islam change dnt be shallowminded and think all muslims are dsame! May Allah bless us all! Bilqis Oye

Anonymous said...

God has a purpose 4 ur life & he will fulfill ur destiny. God bless u.

Anonymous said...

To think that she even mentioned Nigeria,mehn!we are going places. Its only sad that it had to be for terrorism where my country's name was mentioned. Anyway,God bless Malala cus she's felt pain.

Anonymous said...

Sure leader of tomao

Anonymous said...

powerful talk... i am indeed inspired by her talk

Anonymous said...

She has inspired me to believe that inspite of so much man's inhumanity to his fellow being, light has not gone out of the world. There's so much hope still.

Tess said...

Amazing, inspiring and truly courageous! May God bless her with every grace & strength needed to remain purpose-driven.

Nigerians we can borrow a leaf from this girl's courage, speak up against injustice. Life is not all about entertainment & selfish ambitions, but helping others and being vessels of change.

Anonymous said...

May D Lord B wit u...AMAN

Anonymous said...

she is right, de only thing we need first is Education. God will always save de innocent ones from de wicked hands.

Anonymous said...

Yes ooo Education first.

oyaluna blessing said...

i.m so touched feel like sheddin tears

Anonymous said...

Oh thank God! The truth has to be told and the spech and courage of 16 year old Malala is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Such bravery @ 16!!! Wow!!! God bless her course....."1 pen 1 book" Leggo!!!

hilary obiorah said...

Wise and powerful words. For a 16 year old the world is a her feet. I pray the world protects her cos those bastards will keep coming at her

ABAH said...

God bless u,,yong lady

Anonymous said...

Well said. Go girl

Amina Lawal said...

MashaAllah! ماشا الله .. What a wonderful speech. We love u Malala

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Anonymous said...

You said it all. You're blessed Malala!

Anonymous said...

The truth is one nutting can change it no matter hw is hidden or buried it has a way of showing forth (d truth gal say it)

Anonymous said...

I salute your Malala. Your dreams will surely turn to reality and those evil men that wanted to take your shAll in no way come near u again. They are cowards and are afraid of d truth which you speak. Ride on girl!

Anonymous said...

Inspirational

Anonymous said...

Very touchy indeed.God bless you malala and also bless these wonderful intentions of yours. pray that this push will have a positive impact on the whole world

Anonymous said...

Was it improvised?

Shola Ayodele said...

Jesu oooo! Such precociousness.

Anonymous said...

Woow frm a 16yr old,wonderful n inspirational indeed I'm touched

Anonymous said...

Really inspiring speech. Wish her well

Mr. Best Okereke said...

O.M.G! This girl has said it all. I am starting to wish I was her.


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8th_1nder said...

Now, this is what you call NEWS!!... Long Live Malala! Say No to Oppression! Say No to Gender discrimination! EDUCATION FOR ALL!

Amy Nwa said...

Malala dear, if I know your name, so does everyone who needs to hear this. May all your dreams and that of every girl child who has has been oppressed come true. I love you young one

Emmanuel Babatunde said...

Awwww, so cute *grap my handkerchef*

Anonymous said...

Wow!! I say wow again!! I'm so impressed by her words and she is just 16years!! May God be with her and guard her and her quest, Amen!!! Mkat.

Anonymous said...

Bless you Malala, the lord is ur strength.

bbm pin 23491053 said...

oh yes, malala you've nailed it. nothing else to say. this is all.

Anonymous said...

God bless u...iya e ajere e...

Anonymous said...

Wow!for a 16yr old kid,she sure knows ow to capture d 'happenings n d truth' in dt speech.God bless u girl!

Anonymous said...

Linda dis days I don't cee any video on ur blog even wen say dere is a video

EMEKA EZRA said...

bia linda; blog gi a di hot today; well, keep it up. Good job, as for the little pakistanian girl, she should thank providence immensely if not profusely

Anonymous said...

I tank God 4 her life

Anonymous said...

Thank you malala. Emotional speech, can't stop crying.

Anonymous said...

amen oh

Anonymous said...

Such courage

Anonymous said...

She's a blessing to the world. I must say, Boko Haram left a very bad stigma on nigeria

Anonymous said...

Bless her

Anonymous said...

truly blessed soul.

Anonymous said...

i guess this will clear the mind of some who say islam is violent,muslims are terrorist.the quran forbid killing of children and women, even forbid the killing of innocent people,islam dont preach violent and anybody that read and understand the verses well that this terrorist quote will know they interprete it to thier own selfish intrest.how can muslim kill children av u eva heard of violent in saudi arab,fine we have extremist just like the xtains. but God is all knowing.and the best judge.i see all as sign of end time and as shaitan has promise he will lead the childen of adam to fire on dat day he refuse to bow.o God make us not the follower of shaitan but count us among ur children on the day of recorning



islam is not violent
boko haram r not muslims,

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Anonymous said...

God wil continue to support u.the wicked has failed

Anonymous said...

do u know the meaning of boko haram?they are againt education.not against xtain,muslim

freebrowsinglink.com said...

May God give her more strength!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So touching. May God continue to guide and support u as u inspire young children to be steadfast in their dreams

aktor365 Blogs said...

Bless her soul. May peace reign in our world(amen)

Kimmy said...

Mehn watching her speech brought tears to my eyes. May God continue to protect her

Anonymous said...

Alihamdulilah thank you Allah finally all those who use the name of islam to do evil have started failing. May almighty Allah continue to strengthen and guide you

GREAT love said...

Powerful speach from d litle girl

seno said...

Nice one Malala. God bless you

Dora said...

Inspirational...am proud of her

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, inspiring speech frm a young girl who's full of hope for d future in ds challenging world of ours where women are treated as 2nd class.. Malala has said it all: "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change
the world. Education is the only solution. Education first." Am really inspired..
Btw Leena, I no see d video kwa!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, inspiring speech frm a young girl who's full of hope for d future in ds challenging world of ours where women are treated as 2nd class.. Malala has said it all: "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change
the world. Education is the only solution. Education first." Am really inspired..
Btw Leena, I no see d video kwa!

Anonymous said...

Allah will be very ashamed of u with that grammar u just typed!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, inspiring speech frm a young girl who's full of hope for d future in ds challenging world of ours where women are treated as 2nd class.. Malala has said it all: "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change
the world. Education is the only solution. Education first." Am really inspired..
Btw Leena, I no see d video kwa!

Anonymous said...

wooooow dis is so inspiring

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, inspiring speech frm a young girl who's full of hope for d future in ds challenging world of ours where women are treated as 2nd class.. Malala has said it all: "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change
the world. Education is the only solution. Education first." Am really inspired..
Btw Leena, I no see d video kwa!

Anonymous said...

May God continue to strengthen you Malala. With love from Mexico...

chizzweightlossdiary said...

Couldn't have been said better. So on point.

Anonymous said...

What a speech frm a teenager!

lekkyperry said...

Anonymous ur jus a jobless baboon!! Go get a life nd @prince charmin ur so nt charmin worthless faggort!! Jus shut d f**k up if u defntli hv nthn 2 say

Black Mamba said...

Our dear Malala for u to stand before a Gathering of world youth leaders, to advocate for peace, freedom, equality & education for every child be it girl or boy. May God bless you too.

Anonymous said...

Malala's words give me courage.I am 30 and am not sure I would,after being shot,v d courage to say what she has.kudos...
To evryman who doesn't want the girl child Educated so dat u can marry her @age 10 making her believe she's doin a noble tn,enslave her,terrorise her or disadvantage her in any way...d truth will find u where u hide and there will be no respite for u
1teacher,1child,1pen...love u,Malala

uche said...

she has a gud sense of humour, a gud construction and a gud hrt.. shes nice...

kazeem rasheed said...

May Almighty Allah give u more strength to make ur dream come through

Anonymous said...

@anonymous 10:08pm,softly nah..u got me reeling in lafter ooo

TheHoliday Emenaha said...

So peole like you still exist???
May dat same all wipe you slaps.

Miss BusyBody said...

God Bless you Malala, you are brave beyond words....

janetfashionsandstyles said...

I listened to her speech ,it was really touchable

God bless her

afan aji said...

My pastor ones said preach love not church or religion. it's sad to see hw terrorise hide under religion to carry out their evil plans. what i know 4 sure every religion preaches love nt condemnation, hatred and slanderous remarks. act love, do love and let love lead. God bless u my sister she is an epitome of LOVE.

Anonymous said...

God bless malala

Muhammad Aasim said...

Malala Yousafzai has inspired many Pakistani young girls to get education and to struggle for it. She is a hope