Bryce E. Duff
Spoken Communication 1101
Dr. Kris Curry
September 1st 2013
In her speech “Our Books and Our Pens are the Most Powerful Weapons” Malala Yousafzai urges world leaders to prioritize education for women and children. Malala is a 16 year old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out for women’s rights. She gives this speech on her birthday, which is now an international holiday known as “Malala day”.
Malala begins her speech by addressing everyone in the room according to rank. She begins with “In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful”, then continues on with “UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, President of the general assembly Vuk Jeremic, UN global envoy for education Gordon Brown, respected elders, and fellow brothers and sisffffffffffters”, she then ends her greeting with “Assalamu alaikum” which is a common Muslim greeting meaning “peace be with you”. She then thanks all the people who helped heal and support her through her recovery. She then proceeds to thank the UN leaders for all their efforts for global communication. She then says that Malala day is not about her, but about “every person who has ever raised a voice for their rights”. She then goes on to talk about the rights activists and social workers who are trying so hard to win people the rights they deserve. She ends this part of her speech with what is my favorite statement “So here I stand. So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights . Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated. “ Oh that gets me every time. She then goes on to tell a little bit of her story saying that...
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