is captivating the world with her courage. The taliban tried to kill malala yousafzai just because she wants girls in pakistan to get the same education as boys. But she survived that bullet to the... See More
is captivating the world with her courage. The taliban tried to kill malala yousafzai just because she wants girls in pakistan to get the same education as boys. But she survived that bullet to the brain and this week brought her message of hope and determination to the world stage. Bob woodruff was at the u.N. When she spoke. This is not my day. I speak not for myself, but for those without voice, so they can be heard. Reporter:16-year-old malala yousafzai has a burning hunger to learn. The pakistani teen was brutally attacked on her way home from school just nine months ago. And the thought that the bullet would silence us -- but they failed. Weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength and courage was born. Reporter: As word of the tragedy spread, so did her following. They shot her at point blank range in the head. And made her stronger. The taliban recognized this young girl as a serious threat. And you know what, they were right. She was a threat. Reporter: A threat which awakened the world to an education emergency around the globe. 57 million children, most of them girls, forced out of school and subject to early marriage or child labor. But malala dreamed of a better life. She wanted to be a doctor when she was younger, now she's not going to be? Your circumstances tell you and it teaches you what to be done. She came to the conclusion if she becomes a doctor she may have patients in hospital, but she wanted to be the doctor of society, the doctor for country, and a politician can do that. They make a difference. We call upon the world leaders that all of these leaders must protect women and children's rights. Ideals that go against the rights of women is unacceptable. Reporter: So hand in hand at the united nations with the secretary general, and a little boost from a soap box, the pakistani schoolgirl launched a 21st century civil rights movement that's inspiring millions. I feel like I've just witnessed one of the greatest speeches of our generation. It was because of her spirit. Malala is the epitome of what a girl can do when educated. Reporter: It's hard to imagine an impact from someone so young, just now celebrating turning 16. The former british prime minister with a poignant reminder, it was a day that almost didn't come. Let me repeat the words, the words the taliban never wanted her to hear. Happy 16th birthday, malala. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Reporter: For "this week," bob woodruff, abc news, new york. And she is going to change the world. That was really something. Thank you to bob, thanks for the discussion today. And diane sawyer is going to have an exclusive interview with malala when her book comes out this fall. And good news from the pentagon this week, they did not announce any service members killed in action. That's the first since february. Thank you for sharing part of your sunday with us.
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