Sunday, July 14, 2013

BBC.co.uk News: Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech at the UN

BBC.co.uk News: Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai delivers a speech at the UN

On Friday (July 12) the Pakistan girl Malala Yousafzai who was ever shot by the Taliban gunman because of her advocacy of women's rights delivered a speech at the headquarter of UN in New York City describing that the attempt to stop her has failed.

 Last October, Malala was shot by the Taliban gunner on her school bus in the Swat Valley in the northwest Pakistan. With head shot, Malala was sent to a hospital in UK. Now she lives in Birmingham.

  Malala's suffering draws worldwide attention and also makes the women's education further though high of. At present, there are about a quarter of girls unable to finish the primary education.

Friday is the Malala's 16th birthday. Her speech delivered at the special conference of more than 500 students at the headquarter of UN is also her first public speech after the shot.

 
Power and courage

 Malala said in her speech that terrorists thought they could change her mind, but for her, she got rid of the cowardice, fear and hopelessness and gained power and courage.

She also said extremists feared books and pens as well as women.

Malala called for politicians to rapidly take urgent actions to make sure every student's rights to education.

 

"Hold up our books and pen and they are our most powerful arms",said she.

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended Friday's conference and delivered a speech describing Malala as "our hero". This meeting is hosted by the former prime minister of Britain Brown who said at the meeting that the present youths are "new super power" of the world and appealed to them to help overcome the obstacle to education./Zhangyan