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A Choral Setting Of Malala Yousafzai's 2013 UN Speech On International Women's Day

By Ambili Sasidharan on Mar 04, 2017 09:44 AM EST

A musical setup of Malala Yousafzai's powerful UN Speech in 2013, where she spoke about the right to education for every girl, will be performed for the first time at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff on International Women's Day (March 8). The show is organized by BBC National Orchestra in association with Chorus of Wales and will be broadcasted on Radio 3.

Titled "Speak Ou," composer Kate Whitley has created the musical version of the speech that highlights the need for free compulsory education for girl children. According to The Guardian, Kate has transformed Malala Yousafzai's statements into powerful verses on the struggle against oppression on lines with the theme for International Women's Day 2017-'Be Bold For Change. The first song will be performed by a children's choir and the lyrics read, "Let us pick up our books and pens / Let us wage a glorious struggle / We can never all succeed when half of us are held back / One child, one pen, one teacher, one book can change our world. Today is the day of every woman, every man, every boy and every girl. Today is the day we speak out."

Belfast Telegraph quoted Malala Yousafzai stating that she is honored and excited with the event. She also added that the speech calls to raise our voices and she is happy that it will be sung by a children's choir--as so many voices will raise together to share her message to the world.

The former Pakistani schoolgirl was shot in her head by Taliban gunmen in 2012. She later moved to the Unite Kingdom for treatment and has been campaigning for the right to education from the age of 11. The Nobel laureate first rose to fame after her speech in New York at the age of 16. Malala Yousafzai currently lives in Birmingham.

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