Something special happened on Friday. Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 16th birthday….oh, and she addressed the United Nations Youth Assembly.
You remember Malala right? She’s the Pakistani activist who survived a brutal assassination attempt at the age of 15.
Less than a year later she’s back, and she has something to say:
“The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.”
Her speech to the UN, I think, foretells the amazing things she will accomplish in the coming years.
“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”
To say that you have to ‘see it to believe it’ is an understatement:
Sometimes the birth of a movement goes unnoticed. Sometimes a movement’s first critical steps are overshadowed.
It’s only much later that we look back and notice that ‘first speech’, those ‘first moments’ when things started to change. That’s when we ask ourselves “how did that not make everyone stop and take notice?”
I think we witnessed that on Friday, and to be honest, I think it deserved a lot more attention than it got.
What do you think?
Important, Related Articles
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