Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage girl who made headlines after the Taliban attacked her for advocating for girls' right to education, delivered her first public speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly after a lengthy recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.
Her family sat in on the youth assembly, as 16-year-old Malala delivered a moving 18 minute speech calling for men and women to band together and rally for equality to education.
"Wearing a shawl once owned by the assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, Malala addressed a crowd that included the UN Secretary"
The teen, wearing a shawl once owned by Benazir Bhutto, started her speech saying she was honoured to be given the opportunity to address the UN.
"I don't know where to begin my speech. I don't know what people would be expecting me to say," she started.
But as she delved further into her address, it seemed Malala knew exactly what would resonate with her audience. Quickly, quotes from her address started being shared on the web.
It is not my day, today is the day of every woman, boy and girl who has raised their voice for their rights" - Malala Yousafzai” 10:14 PM - 12 Jul 2013 Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Wow "I dont want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban." #Malala
"The extremists are afraid of books & pens. The power of education frightens them."
"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed." Jump media player
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban
Speaking on her 16th birthday, Malala said efforts to silence her had failed.
She was shot in the head on a school bus by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for girls' rights.
The speech at the UN headquarters in New York was her first public address since last October's incident in Pakistan's north-western Swat valley.
Malala has been credited with bringing the issue of women's education to global attention. A quarter of young women around the world have not completed primary school.
'Afraid of women'
After the shooting, Malala was flown from Pakistan to the UK for treatment, and now lives in Birmingham, England.