Malala's Nobel Prize Speech Proves She's An Incredible Teen
Back in October, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The 17-year-old education advocate shares this year's honor with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. On Wednesday, Malala officially accepted the award and gave an amazing speech. While you should definitely check out the entire thing, here are a few excerpts that prove this teen is extraordinary!
After being shot in the head by the Taliban for attending school in 2012, Malala made it her mission to make sure no child is turned away from an education, especially girls. Here's what she said about that:
This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change.
I am here to stand up for their rights, raise their voice ... it is not time to pity them. It is time to take action so it becomes the last time that we see a child deprived of education.
I have found that people describe me in many different ways.
Some people call me the girl who was shot by the Taliban
And some, the girl who fought for her rights
Some people, call me a "Nobel Laureate" now
As far as I know, I am just a committed and stubborn person who wants to see every child getting quality education, who wants equal rights for women and who wants peace in every corner of the world.
Another highlight of the speech? She took the opportunity to remind everybody she's still a typical teen. She may be fighting for world peace and equality, but that doesn't mean she doesn't occasionally get caught up in fighting with her siblings.
I am very proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the first young person to receive this award. I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers. I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that.
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