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Malala to make UN speech in July

Published Apr 19, 2013 07:15am


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Malala Yousufzai. — AP Photo

LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, will make her first public speech on her 16th birthday in New York, the office of Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown announced on Friday.

She will speak at the United Nations on July 12, said Brown, speaking in his capacity as the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Malala was shot at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman as her school bus travelled through Swat Valley on October 9 last year,

She was flown to Britain for surgery on her head injuries and, once she had recovered sufficiently, returned to school in Birmingham, central England last month.

“Malala is a true inspiration and a shining beacon for girls’ education around the world,” said Brown.

“I am full of admiration for her courage and determination in the journey she is on, and am sure that she can become a real leader in the campaign for a school place for every girl — and every boy.”

Malala has become a global symbol of the campaign for girls' right to an education and has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Some 4,000 young people are expected to be in attendance for her debut speech.

Her self-penned life story is due out later this year in a deal reportedly worth around three million dollars.


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Comments (8) Closed

Asif Apr 19, 2013 03:22am
Please close this drama once and for all. Thank You
Sid Apr 19, 2013 06:04am
nice! you make us proud Malala... Godspeed!
Samar Apr 19, 2013 07:11am
Good! Waiting to hear her.
sraz45 Apr 19, 2013 08:26am
Did they ever catch the people who tried to kill her? What a shame if they go unpunished for such a cowardly act. She is remarkable and will have an impact on women education all over the world.
dfg Apr 19, 2013 09:10am
thousands of women and children who die everyday must also be acknowledged. Whatever this girl went through was horrific, however she had an agenda to begin with. Why is she in the limelight, there are other children and women who die everyday. What is her achievement except the fact that she admired Obama and Mrs. Clinton on the behest of some NGO. Honestly, does she even know anything about Obama and Hilary to be admiring them for, I guess its her blind faith in them. huh Again, she didn't have to go through all of this and I feel sorry for her.
Mario Henrique S. Lins Apr 19, 2013 01:54pm
The man that wounded her it
Akram Apr 19, 2013 03:06pm
her agenda was female education, something 99.9% of pakistanis support. where as your agenda is something more sinister, which like the maulvis has little support in Pakistan.
Akram Apr 19, 2013 03:07pm
if you don't want to read about Malala, why did you click on the story?