Malala Yousafzai had a pretty remarkable 16th birthday on July 12. Not only did she deliver an inspiring speech to the United Nations campaigning for global education, Beyonce wished her a happy birthday too!
Queen Bey took to Instagram to celebrate the inspiring Pakistani teen’s birthday, and her message went way further than a simply salutation.
The 31-year-old singer held up a sign with the message:
Your bravery and perseverance has touched the world. You are the true definition of a survivor. All my love and respect, Beyonce. Happy Birthday Malala!
What an amazing gesture. Beyonce can be such a commanding presence, it’s amazing to see her so humbly giving praise to someone.
But if anyone deserves it, it’s Malala.
The 16-year-old from Pakistan has triumphed over so much strife since the Taliban violently targeted her in October 2012 and shot her in the head. But like Beyonce says, Malala is a true survivor, and though she was targeted for speaking out on educational equality for women, she continues to stand up for what she believes in.
“Here I stand not as one voice but speaking for those who have fought for the right to be treated with dignity, their right for equality of opportunity, and their right to be educated,” she said proudlyaddressed the UN on July 12, her birthday. “No one can stop us. If we want to achieve our goals, let us empower ourselves with a weapon of knowledge and shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.”
Malala is now an empowering and inspiring symbol of equality and global education. Her strength and perseverance are astounding, and we love how Beyonce acknowledged that.
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