9 Best Quotes From Malala's United Nations Speech

The young girl who was shot in the face by the Taliban gave her first speech at the United Nations on the day of her 16th birthday on Friday morning. If you missed it, here are the highlights. You can also view the full speech below.


1. "We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced."

2. "I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard."

3. "The wise saying, 'The pen is mightier than sword' was true."

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

5. "We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back."

 

6. "There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights, but this time we will do it by ourselves."

7. "I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women's rights rather I am focusing on women to be independent to fight for themselves."

8. "The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them."

9. "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."

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