When Malala Yousafzai turned 16, she decided to educate people around the world. On Friday, she spoke at the UN in New York. In October 2012, she was shot in the head for speaking out about her right to education. Now, she is free to speak her mind.

The UN declared her birthday as “Malala Day.” While at the UN, Malala spoke out about terrorism, poverty and education.

Malala as she was discharged from the hospital.

Recovering from a gunshot wound was no easy feat.

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and his daughter Asifa Bhutto, meet with Malala Yousufzai while she was recovering from injuries that were a result of a Taliban shooting.

Malala and the president’s daughter talking.

Malala, her father and 2 brothers while in the hospital.

Below are some of the most inspiring things we have read; and they all come from Malala.

“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.”

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

“This is what my soul is telling me: Be peaceful and love everyone.”

“There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights, but this time we will do it by ourselves.”

“So, today we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favor of peace and prosperity.”

“Let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.”

“We realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. The extremists are afraid of books and pens.”

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

[Extremists] are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring into our society.”

“Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights”