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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.

Watch: Malala announces first donation from her charity

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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
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.

Read: Malala petitions Pakistani government after teacher shot dead

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Malala Yousafzai to address the UN on her 16th birthday

ducation rights activist Malala Yousafzai, on her way to school in March this year.
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.

Read: Malala reunited with friend injured in same Taliban attack

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Malala to call for education to be 'a priority' in poorer countries on 'Malala Day'

Malala is an advocate for female education Credit: Vital Voices Handout

The Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban, is to lead calls for education to become a priority in poorer countries - on her birthday.

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who now lives in Birmingham after her treatment in the city, will make her first public appearance since being shot on July 12 - her 16th birthday and 'Malala Day.'

Malala says that July 12 is:

'An opportunity for every young person on the planet to get together and tell the world: we will get our education, be it at home, in school or any place. Let us work together for the rights of girls and boys. Let us build schools.'

She will give a speech about the importance of education at a United Nations gathering in New York.

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Gordon Brown: Malala is a 'shining beacon' for education'

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now UN Special Envoy for Global Education, has described the schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year as a 'shining beacon for girls education.

He said:

"Malala is a true inspiration and a shining beacon for girls education around the world. I am full of admiration for her courage and determination in the journey she is on, and am sure that she can become a real leader in the campaign for a school place for every girl - and every boy."

– Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

Malala in Time magazine's 100 most influential people

Malala Yousafzai Credit: PA

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to the UK and treated in Birmingham after being shot in the head by the Taliban, features in a list of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

The 15-year-old has set up education charity the Malala Fund and is now a pupil at Edgbaston High School for Girls.

She appears on one of the issue's seven separate covers.

Time managing editor Rick Stengel said: "This year we are trying something new: seven cover portraits of Time 100 honorees who reflect the breadth and depth of our list, each one profiled inside- as is our tradition- by an equally luminary voice."

Malala to give first public speech in July

Malala Yousafzai now lives in Birmingham
Malala Yousafzai now lives in Birmingham Credit: PA

A 15 year-old girl who was shot in the head for promoting women's education by the Taliban in Pakistan is to give her first public speech.

Malala Yousafzai was taken to Birmingham for life-saving surgery and now lives there.

Malala will speak on Malala Day, her 16th birthday, on 12 July in New York.

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