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Believe in yourself, speak up for your rights: Malala Yousafzai on Malala Day as she turned 20
Across the world, UN agencies, Malala Fund functionaries, child rights activists and civil society organizations joined by others celebrated Mala Day on July 12 as Malala Yousafzai turned 20.

It was almost five years ago, Taliban militants had shot Malala Yousafzai in the head ruthlessly as she rode on a school bus with her school mates. As a teen social activist and a blogger, Yousafzai had been advocating for women's rights, education and empowerment which had irked the Taliban.

However, Yousafzai survived the fatal shooting and continued to advocate and bat for universal quality education for all. It was in 2014, at the age of 17 that she won the Nobel Peace Prize and donated the prize money to her non-profit organization called Malala Fund to promote 'the complete 12 years of free quality education to all children across the world'.

On Malala Day, she has urged Pakistanis 'to believe in themselves'; 'to speak up for their rights'; and 'pay the utmost importance to education'. In a message she called upon on the parents to give the most precious gift of education to their children. "It is only through education you can change the future of your country and take it forward," she stated.

Here are some famous short quotes of Malala Yousafzai.

-All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.

-Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.

-Education is neither eastern nor western.

-Let us pick up our books and our pens; they are the most powerful weapons.

-One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.

-There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.

-We must tell girls their voices are important.

-With guns you can kill terrorists; with education you can kill terrorism.

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