Let’s Make Malala’s 16th Birthday Extra Sweet

Posted on July 12, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

A 16th birthday is an important milestone. But Malala Yousafzai's birthday today is especially sweet. Just nine months ago, terrorists shot her for speaking out about the right of girls to get an education.

They hoped to silence her, but instead she survived and delivered this powerful speech at the United Nations today on the need for universal education. In her own words:

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. And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I am the same Malala. My ambitions are the same. My hopes are the same. My dreams are the same.... Education is the only solution. Education first.

Here are ways that you can amplify Malala’s voice and help her reach her goal of universal education for every girl and boy. Read her speech, sign her petition, donate to the Malala Fund, sign Girl Up’s birthday card and stand with her on social media by using the #MalalaDay hashtag.



Happy birthday, Malala. You’ve proven that no matter what your age, women and girls truly hold up half the sky.