Malala's birthday address to UN

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, marked her 16th birthday by delivering a speech at the United Nations headquarters, as part of her campaign for compulsory education for children.

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Gordon and Sarah Brown hail Malala's speech to UN

Former prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown and wife Sarah have hailed Malala Yousafzai's speech to the UN today.

Mr Brown wrote on his blog: "Malala Yousafzai brings to the UN, with my support, a clear message: it is time to do more".

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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".


William Hague sends Malala birthday wishes

Foreign Secretary William Hague has sent Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last year, birthday wishes.

Malala, who is 16 years old today, will address the UN in New York later today on the right of every child to have free education.

MPs table early day motion to mark 'Malala Day'

MPs have applauded Malala Yousafzai, who is taking her campaign to promote girls' education to the United Nations today.

Liberal Democrat Mark Williams and the SDLP's Mark Durkan have tabled an early day motion titled "Malala Day".

Pakistan's president Asif Zardari, accompanied by his daughter Asifa Bhutto (R) visits peace activist Malala Yousafzai. Credit: Balkis Press/ABACAPRESS.COM

The EDM states: "That this House notes that on 12 July 2013, Malala Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday, her first after being shot by Taliban gunmen in response to her continued attendance at school in defiance of their opposition to girls' education;

" [This House] further welcomes the work of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and children's charity Plan UK in supporting her in this vital work".

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