Today Is Malala Day — What Are You #StrongerThan?
When most teens turn 17, chances are they're wishing for a car, or maybe concert tickets to see their favorite band. But when Malala Yousafzai celebrates her birthday today, she's asking for something intangible yet important: For people around the world to speak up in support of education. On Malala.org, she writes about her birthday wish, "It is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard."
Talk about selfless! We've written about Malala in the past, even declaring her Teen Of The Year in 2013. The Pakistani teen, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for pursuing an education, has been a huge advocate for global education and equality.
On her site, she writes,
This year, we need to raise our voices even louder. I'm asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day to say: We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.
Check out the video above, where she asks individuals all over the world to share what they're #StrongerThan. Then head to social media to post your own example!
For some extra inspiration, we rounded up five of our favorite Malala quotes:
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