Malala encourages all to wage a global struggle against illiteracy

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Malala Day Youth Assembly

"The saying 'The pen is mightier than the sword,' is true," Malala Yousafzai said, as she addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations on Friday.

Extremists are afraid of change, afraid of the equality it will bring into society, she concluded.

In her address to the United Nations, Malala, the young Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban last October for her campaign for girls' education, made a plea to the world's leaders.

” We call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favour of peace and prosperity. We call upon the world leaders that all the peace deals must protect women and children's rights. A deal that goes against the dignity of women and their rights is unacceptable. We call upon all governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child all over the world.”                          

Malala said she did not hate the Talib who shot her. She credited compassion learned from the world's major religions and religious leaders and her parents.

She called on everyone to wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and pens, she said. They are our most powerful weapons.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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