Our Voices Have Grown Louder: Watch Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech

After a standing ovation at Oslo City Hall, Malala Yousafzai steadily, humbly accepted her Nobel Peace Prize. “Today is a great day of happiness for me,” she began.

She thanked her tearful parents, and her teachers. “I’m proud to be the first Pakistani and the youngest person to receive this award,” she continued.

“This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. I’m here to stand up for their rights, to raise their voice. It is not time to pity them. It is time to take action.”

Later in the speech, she recognized a group of girls who had accompanied her to the ceremony, girls from Syria, Nigeria, and Pakistan. "I am not a lone voice," she reinforced. "I am many. I am Malala...but I am also those 66 million girls who are deprived of education. Today, I'm not raising my voice. It is the voice of those 66 million girls."

She reminded us she’s still 17 by referencing how she fights with her brothers, and that they still think of her as an “annoying, bossy sister.” But her youth also gives her such vision and passion for education, and symbolizes hope: Malala has so much more to do, so much more to say. She will continue to speak up for human rights around the world, and we’ll live in a better place because of her bravery.

Watch her speech starting at the 1:20 mark here, and learn more about Malala’s mission via The Malala Fund.

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