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Malala Spent Her 17th Birthday In Nigeria Championing #BringBackOurGirls

It was a real #MalalaDay.

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who the Taliban tried to kill over her advocacy for girls' education, celebrated her 17th birthday in Nigeria, renewing calls to bring back the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April.

Malala's message for girls: "Don't let anyone tell you that you are weaker or less than anything." #StrongerThan

Malala Fund@MalalaFund

Malala's message for girls: "Don't let anyone tell you that you are weaker or less than anything." #StrongerThan

12:11 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Malala met President Goodluck Jonathan, who assured her he would rescue the 219 girls still held by Boko Haram. Many have fiercely criticized Jonathan for repeatedly stating his commitment to rescuing the girls — but then failing to actually act.

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Malala also met with some of the families of the kidnapped schoolgirls and the organizers of the now viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

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In 2012, Taliban fighters tried to kill Malala because of her support for girls' education. She has since risen to be one of the world's most well-known advocates for global education.

The activist used her birthday to release a video to support her latest campaign, #StrongThan. "What are you stronger than?" the video asks. "Show it to the world on this #MalalaDay."

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On Twitter, Malala reiterated her support for all school children everywhere deprived of their right to education.

"10.5 million children in Nigeria do not have access to education. Around 400 girls are abducted by Boko Haram." -Malala

Malala Fund@MalalaFund

"10.5 million children in Nigeria do not have access to education. Around 400 girls are abducted by Boko Haram." -Malala

10:57 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"7 million children in Pakistan are deprived of education. And about 900,000 people are homeless due to miliatry operations"

Malala Fund@MalalaFund

"7 million children in Pakistan are deprived of education. And about 900,000 people are homeless due to miliatry operations"

10:58 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"Girls from Syria who were once in schools and learning, now live in a camp, and struggle to understand life in a new country as a refugee."

Malala Fund@MalalaFund

"Girls from Syria who were once in schools and learning, now live in a camp, and struggle to understand life in a new country as a refugee."

10:59 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Bc of conflict btwn Gaza and Israel people are badly suffering on both sides and recently many children died in air strikes on Palestine"

Malala Fund@MalalaFund

"Bc of conflict btwn Gaza and Israel people are badly suffering on both sides and recently many children died in air strikes on Palestine"

11:01 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Aslew of leading politicians, NGOs, and celebrities shared their birthday wishes with Malala on Twitter and expressed their support using her favorite hashtags.

"We are #StrongerThan the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.” #MalalaDay

StateDeptPRM@StatePRM

"We are #StrongerThan the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.” #MalalaDay

12:26 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Today, on #MalalaDay, let's stand w/#Malala in her fight to ensure every girl has access to an education. Because we're #StrongerThan fear.

Kirsten Gillibrand@SenGillibrand

Today, on #MalalaDay, let's stand w/#Malala in her fight to ensure every girl has access to an education. Because we're #StrongerThan fear.

12:35 PM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Celebrate #MalalaDay today by sharing what you're #StrongerThan: http://t.co/v7w3qm2qyG

Teen Vogue@TeenVogue

Celebrate #MalalaDay today by sharing what you're #StrongerThan: http://t.co/v7w3qm2qyG

11:10 AM - 14 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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