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Malala Shares Her Brave Story

Jul 26, 2013

MalalaUN-Speech-LEAD-Image-310x185This post was written by Taylor (pictured below), a 12-year-old Girl Scout Cadette from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Earlier this month, she saw Malala Yousafzai (pictured at right), the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by armed militants after she stood up for her right to an education, speak at the United Nations. Here’s what she experienced:

Malala Yousafzai wanted education so badly that she almost died for it. I find her story so inspirational because she showed bravery and perseverance. She stood up to help fix an unfair community. Even though she probably knew that standing up in such a way could be dangerous, she did it anyway because she believed it was the right thing to do.

On July 12, seven other Girl Scouts and I were fortunate enough to be able to hear Malala and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speak at the General Assembly in the United Nations. The Secretary General declared this day Malala Day in her honor, saying that it represents the goal of education for all children.

It was an excellent, amazing, and educational experience. When we first arrived, I met the other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world—six were from the United States, one was from Jordan, and one was from Bangladesh. Upon meeting these other girls, I was excited by the fact that I would be able to not only meet but also make friends with other attendees from around the world.

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In her speech before the General Assembly, Malala said: “They thought the bullet would silence us, but they failed.… We believe in the power and strength of our own words.… Let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge.”

I think Malala is extremely brave, and her actions have inspired me. I was excited to meet her and all the other youth delegates. Since I was 4 years old, I always believed in the power of one—the difference that one person can make—and the difference that many can make as we join together as one. Malala is a great example of this.

To watch a video of Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring address to the United Nations Youth Assembly, visit the United Nations website.