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Do you remember how you spent your sixteenth birthday? Maybe it involved a concert, a trip to the movies with twelve of your closest friends, or maybe you were busy squealing over the keys to your new (though definitely used) car. You probably were not giving a historical speech to thousands of people around the world from the pulpit of the United Nations in New York City. That is exactly how the inspiring, courageous, and resilient Pakistani teen, Malala Yousafzai spent her milestone birthday.
Speaking before an assembly of more than 1,000 students at a Youth Assembly, Malala said: "Dear friends, on the 9th of October, 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed.” Malala suffered her injuries after the Taliban attacked her for advocating for women's right to education. The U.N. has declared today, Friday July 12, Malala Day, which Malala said was not just a day for her, "but a day for every woman, boy and girl struggling for their rights."
Malala's tremendous example of integrity, bravery, spirit, honor, compassion, passion, and hope is the kind of model that we at I AM THAT GIRL strive to help all girls and women find so that they, too, may share their incredible gifts with the world.
Thank you Malala! We will carry your lessons with us today on your special day and EVERY day!