Malala, one young woman seeking to change the world

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 18:31

If we falter in our struggle—for dignity, for respect, for education, for freedom from abuse—or we weaken in our resolve because we are so few—we can gain humility, energy, and new dedication by the example of a young woman, Malala Yousafzai. Despite being shot by the Taliban in an attempt to stop her efforts for educating girls in Pakistan, she spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday. She spoke of peace, love, non-violence, and education. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.

See video of Malala Yousafzai speaking at the UN

Read the transcript of speech by Malala Yousafzai at UN

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.