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Malala delivers major speech to UN on her 16th birthday

Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the UN headquarters in New York urging leaders to do more to ensure every child gets the right to free education. She thanked the UN leaders and said she was here to "speak up for the right education of every child".

Malala Yousufzai delivers keynote speech at the UN. Credit: Reuters

She said: "It is an honour for me to speak again after a long time, being here with such honourable people. I fully support Mr Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General in his global education first initiative. And the work of the UN special envoy Mr Gordon Brown. I thank them for their leadership.

"They continue to inspire us all into action. Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman and every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights.

"When I was shot weakness and fear died, and strength and power was born. The Taliban thought the bullet could silence us. But they failed".

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Sarah Brown 'so proud' of Malala address to the UN

Sarah Brown has said she is "so proud" that Malala Yousafzai is taking her campaign to promote girls' education to the United Nations.

The wife of the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has been working with Malala and her father, as part of her work to bring attention to global education campaigns.

Sarah Brown listens to a speech by Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Mrs Brown told the Evening Standard: "What is so moving about Malala’s story is that, in spite of all the odds, she has kept on fighting not just for her own education but for the education of all children in Pakistan, and beyond.

"I’m so proud that she will lead 500 of these young voices in taking her campaign to the highest level at the UN."


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Malala to call for free education for all in UN address

Malala Yousafzai will address the UN in New York later today, asking them to ensure that every child is given the right to a free, compulsory education.

She will tell a delegation of more than 500 young people:

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.

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Malala to present education petition to UN leader

Malala with her father Ziauddin on her first day of school in the UK Credit: ITV News

Malala Yousafzai will call on governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child during her address to the United Nations later today.

In her first public speech since being shot by the Taliban in an attack in Pakistan's north-western Swat valley, the 16-year-old will present a petition signed by more than three million people to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon demanding education for all.

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Malala Yousafzai to address the UN on her 16th birthday

Education rights activist Malala Yousafzai, on her way to school in March this year. Credit: Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last year, will mark her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the UN headquarters in New York today, to call for leaders to guarantee the right free education for children all over the world.

The event marks Malala Day and has been organised by former prime minister Gordon Brown, now the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

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