Malala celebrates 16th birthday at UN

2013-07-12 22:31
Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai speaks before the UN Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. (Stan Honda, AFP)

Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai speaks before the UN Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. (Stan Honda, AFP)

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Malala returns to school

2013-03-20 09:37

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban, has returned to school for the first time since the attack.WATCH

New York - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, has called on world leaders to provide free compulsory schooling for every child in a UN address timed to coincide with her 16th birthday.

Speaking on Friday to youth leaders from more than 100 countries, she called for "a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism".

"Let us pick up our books and our pens," she said. "They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution."

The UN has declared her birthday 12 July "Malala Day".

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