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What would YOU say to the UN?

Today, Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year old girl from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, gave a bold and impassioned speech at the UN. She motivated world leaders to fight for girls' education, just as she has been doing. She echoed the voices of so many of our community members, who participated in our Girls Campaign, inspiring us all: “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

Her words were powerful, just like all of yours! So this brings me to my question: if you were in Malala's shoes and could say anything to the UN on the issue of girls' education, what would you say? What solutions would you offer them? How would you inspire them?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, so that we can celebrate the efforts that are being made by Malalas all over the world to push for girls' access to education!

(You can watch Malala's speech to the UN here:


delphine criscenzo's picture

The time is Now!

I will tell the UN that it is shameful that they are not prioritizing girls education and in fact education for everyone, everywhere!
Being a member of World Pulse, I see and read everyday about women who are prioritizing girls education in their communities. They are opening schools, helping with tuition and fees and mentoring the young girls who will be our leaders tomorrow. If individual women or groups of women in disenfranchised communities can do, the UN can certainly do it.
Dear, United Nations delegates, you have to act and invest in the future of the WORLD, NOW!

Delphine Criscenzo

LeanaM's picture

Powerful words, Delphine,

Powerful words, Delphine, thanks! You're right...the UN needs to learn from all of the powerful women that are supporting and furthering girls' education everyday. If our women can do it, the UN surely can too! All it takes is passion and commitment.

marianajacinto's picture

3.5 billion women

Malala was so great in her speech!!
If I could speak to the UN, I would probably say the same that she did but with my own words. Educate young girls needs to be, a priority in every country development! Because it is proven to be for the profit of everyone, if a girl is educated. Educate girls is the way to end poverty and to have stronger economies!!
I stand with Malala <3

Kim Crane's picture

Just follow their lead

Malala's story is a reminder that there are girls all over the world who are fighting with all of their young beings to claim the opportunities they deserve. Reading through Girls Transform the World campaign submissions on World Pulse makes it abundantly clear that these courageous girls are everywhere. There are girls like Malala, persecuted for challenging the status quo, who risk their lives every time they put on a backpack and walk to school. There are other girls whose lives aren't in danger, but who regularly fend off subtler attacks for daring to excel in way that girls aren't "supposed" to. There are parents who make sacrifices for their girls to the point of moving the entire family so that their daughters can get a good education. There are mentors who step in to fill the wide gaps in education and social support systems that so many girls would otherwise fall through. These girls and girl champions are putting everything on the line. Institutions like the UN need to follow their lead. They need to do more than prioritize girls' education. They need actively remove barriers and measure results. They need to set bold targets and help us all become accountable for achieving true equality, ensuring that the heroic efforts of these girls and grassroots champions are not in vain.

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