July 12 - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday where she said education could change the world. Mana Rabiee reports.
A sweet 16 birthday like no other. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, marked her 16th birthday on Friday with a speech at the United Nations. She called for free compulsory schooling for all children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALALA YOUSAFZAI, CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ADVOCATE, SAYING: "The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions but nothing changed in my life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born." It was her first speech since her attackers shot her in the head while she was leaving school in October. The U.N. named Friday "Malala Day". In Islamabad, Hamid Mir, the TV anchor who interviewed Malala before her attack said the brave teenager deserves the acknowledgment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANCHOR OF PRIVATE TELEVISION CHANNEL WHO FIRST INTRODUCED MALALA ON HIS TV SHOW, HAMID MIR, SAYING: "When I took a break, I asked her, I whispered in her ears, and I said that, 'You may face some problems because the Taliban militants are standing there and you are criticizing them. (EDIT) but she said, 'No, I will speak more." And speak she did - to one of the most influential bodi in the world. All listening to the little voice with the grand message.