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Today Is Dedicated To The Fearless Girl The Taliban Could Not Kill

Happy Malala Day!

Posted on July 12, 2013, at 11:04 a.m. ET

This is Malala Yousafzai. Last year, the Taliban shot her on her school bus in Pakistan because she was campaigning for universal education and girls' rights.

Malala Press Office / AP

She was flown to the U.K. for surgery to repair the damage the bullet caused to her brain. She is now back at school and continues to be an activist for every child's right to education.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, File / AP

Today is her 16th birthday. And because she's so awesome and fearless the United Nations has declared it Malala Day! She just gave her first public speech about the importance of universal education at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Happy Birthday #Malala! Looking forward to hearing about your speech today at the @UN #YouthAssembly!

Chelsea Clinton


Happy Birthday #Malala! Looking forward to hearing about your speech today at the @UN #YouthAssembly!

"A woman without an education is like a bicycle without a chain" great quote from a young woman ahead of #malala yousafzai speech to #UN

— Karen Allen (@BBCKarenAllen) July 12, 2013

#Malala addresses UN: 'I dont want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban'

— Norah O'Donnell (@NorahODonnell) July 12, 2013

Hope I'm still around when #Malala is elected president of #Pakistan.

— Bobby Ghosh (@ghoshworld) July 12, 2013

"The extremists are afraid of books and pens". Great speech and happy birthday #Malala Yousafzai #MalalaDay @UNICEF

— Neelie Kroes (@NeelieKroesEU) July 12, 2013

Imagine being 16. Imagine being shot in the head. Imagine speaking to the UN. Unimaginable poise and courage. #Malala.

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 12, 2013

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