Nine months after being shot in the head in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations Youth Assembly on Friday in New York. After being shot by the Taliban while returning home from school, Malala’s persevering strength has become a symbol for women’s rights worldwide. In this speech, Malala courageously spoke on how she does not hold anger towards the Taliban saying, “I am not against anyone. Nor am I here to speak against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak up for the right to education of every child.”
Malala’s inspirational message reminds us of the value in educating girls and raising awareness about the importance of girl’s eduction. She explains how, “Education is the only solution. Education first.” A report by UNESCO and Save the Children issued just before Malala’s speech said 57 million children were out of school in 2011 down from 60 million in 2008. However, it said the number living in conflict zones rose to 28.5 million in 2011 and more than half were girls. Denying girls education is a humans rights issue and educating women and girls would have substantial positive effects on children, economies and communities worldwide. Strong Women, Strong World will continue to work hard to ensure every girl gets the chance to be educated.