Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and neck on streets of Mingora, Swat, Pakistan last year for advocating the education of girls, took the world stage Friday to continue her fight for women and children's rights. Malala, 16, announced that she came to the United Nations in the legacy of non-violent protestors Martin Luther King Jr., Gandi and Mother Teresa as well as Jesus, Mohammed and Budda to encourage countries like her own to provide access to education for all.
Wearing the shawl of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, she condemned the Taliban for using religion for their own benefit and said the terrorist organization is afraid of education and women. Malala urged women and girls to be independent and fight for education for themselves.
The following infographic shares statistics about education and girls around the world.