The stage at Harvard's Sanders Theatre was commanded by Malala Yousafzai on Friday. The girl was 16 years old. In spite of being younger than almost all of the 900 people sitting before her, she controlled the stage.
"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world", said Yousafzai.
She had become an international symbol for women's education, a year after the Taliban made an attempt to kill Yousafzai in Pakistan. She was awarded by the Harvard Foundation with its annual humanitarian award.
The Director of the foundation, S. Allen Counter, said her words and activities have served to advance humanity. The foundation works to boost inter-cultural and race relations.
Yousafzai continuously fought against the efforts made by the Taliban and others against women education. She begged in front of the audience to listen to the needs of children relocated and was in danger because of wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
The presence of Yousafzai seemed to be impossible at Harvard on October 9, 2012, the day she was shot by Taliban gunmen in head and neck. The incident gained global attention. Yousafzai was unconscious and in critical condition for many days before being moved in a coma to a hospital in Birmingham, England.
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