The Huffington Post | By Nader Salass Posted: 07/12/2013 11:24 am EDT | Updated: 07/12/2013 11:54 am EDT
In a speech Friday at the UN in New York, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head in October 2012 for speaking out about her right to education, talked about how she represents some 57 million children around the world are not going to school.
The UN declared her birthday as "Malala Day." Introduced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Malala spoke out about terrorism, poverty and a united front calling for education.
"'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."
See the 10 most inspiring quotes from her speech below.
"We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced."
"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first."
"This is what my soul is telling me: Be peaceful and love everyone."
"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."
"So, today we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favor of peace and prosperity."
"Let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness."
"We realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. The extremists are afraid of books and pens."
"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back."
"[Extremists] are afraid of women, change and equality."
"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."
Please, support your local educators. Children are eager and willing to learn, if only we give them the opportunities and tools.