By Almas Akhtar, TMO
Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai, in her first public speech at the UN since being shot in the head by the Taliban, on Friday the 12th of July, 2013, has said she is inspired by global leaders who have insisted on non-violence stressing that, â€œIâ€™m not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban, or any other terrorist group.â€
â€œIâ€™m here to speak about the right of education for every child,â€ Malala said, in an impassioned address to the UN Youth Assembly in New York.
â€œI want education for the sons and daughters of all the terrorists and extremists. â€œ
â€œThis is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhiji, Badshah Khan and Mother Teresa,â€ the 16-year-old said.
Malala told the UN that she would not be silenced by terrorist threats.
â€œLet us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,â€ she said.
The UN celebrated Malalaâ€™s 16th birthday yesterday as Malala Day with day-long programmes for youth drawn from all over the world.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Malalaâ€™s 16th birthday, â€˜Malala Dayâ€™, in honour of her heroic stand to ensure education for every child.
When I heard her speak yesterday I was greatly impressed by her tone, which did not reflect anger, it rather echoed tolerance and forgiveness. This 16-year-old girl is an inspiration for all the world leaders and not only for my daughters but women all over the world.