11-year-old Yemeni girl Nada Al-Ahdal, who fled home to avoid a forced marriage, eloquently explains why child marriage is wrong: “What about the innocence of childhood?”

Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons.

– Malala Yousafzai, celebrating her 16th birthday, a day commemorated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as ‘Malala Day,’ by making her first public appearance since being shot in the head by the Taliban last October to address the United Nations

(Source: Guardian)