Malala Yousafzai won the hearts of the people across the globe last year after surviving an assassination attempt at the hands of the Pakistani Taliban.
Yousafzai, just 15, had drawn attention for her work advocating literacy education for girls and women in her native Swat Valley, a region in Pakistan bordering Afghanistan.
The young activist’s work made her the target of the Taliban, and the world was shocked and appalled after she was shot in the head while leaving school late last year.
Her situation appeared grave immediately after the attack. Many wondered if she would survive – or be healthy enough to ever pick up a book again.
Now, she has released a defiant video statement, speaking publicly for the first time since the attack.
The New York Times reports that the video was made just before she had surgery in England to repair damage to her skull.
She begins the statement by pointing out that the Taliban failed in their goal to silence her:
“Today, you can see that I’m alive,” she says. “I can speak.”
Yousafzai goes on to thank everyone who prayed for her health, and pledges to continue her advocacy work.
Watch the video: