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Malala Yousafzai speaks at United Nations
3:30pm Friday 12th July 2013 in News
A Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for championing the rights to women's education has told the United Nations there are "thousands" across the world like her struggling for the same cause. Malala Yousafzai, who has been recovering in the UK from last year's attack, told the youth assembly in New York: "Thousands of people have been killed by terrorists and millions injured - I am just one of them." Today is Malala's 16th birthday - declared Malala Day - and the teenager's speech to more than 500 delegates at the UN's headquarters was her first public address. As she took to the dais, there was a standing ovation and cheers of delight for the young girl who cheated an assassin's bullet when she was shot in the head during an attack on her school bus in the north-western Swat Valley last year. She said: "Malala Day is not my day - today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights. "There are hundreds of human rights activists and social workers who are not speaking for their rights but who are struggling to achieve their goal of peace, education and equality. "Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions injured - I am just one of them." Speaking of the attempt on her life, she added: "On the 9th October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead and they shot friends too. "They thought that the bullet would silence us - but they failed. "Out of that silence came thousands of voices. "The terrorists thought they would change my aim and stop my ambitions. "But nothing changed except this weakness, fear and helplessness died, and strength, power and courage was born."
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