Malala Yousafzai addresses UN on 16th birthday

McClatchy Washington BureauJuly 12, 2013 

APTOPIX UN Malala Education for All

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, applauds as the members of the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly wish Malala Yousafzai, center, a happy birthday, Friday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, celebrated her 16th birthday on Friday by addressing the United Nations. The U.N. has declared July 12 "Malala Day," to honor the teen who returned to school in March after medical treatment in Britain for injuries suffered in the October attack. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, marked her 16th birthday on Friday with an impassioned speech to a youth assembly at the United Nations in which she condemned religious extremism, hailed women's rights and called for free education for all children.

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