Yousafzai to address UN

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai will address the UN General Assembly on children's rights.

FILE: Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for campaigning for the right to an education, sits with her family in hospital. Picture:AFP

NEW YORK- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban, will address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Friday on the need for better access to education for children and young people across the world.

Yousafzai drew global attention after she was shot for the right for all girls to receive an education.

She became a symbol of resistance to Taliban efforts to deny women's rights and is among nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

Her speech will emphasise how the right to an education is denied to millions of children across the world.

Yousafzai celebrates her 16th birthday today.

She was brought to Britain for specialist treatment after the shooting in October last year.

She left hospital in February after she made a good recovery from surgery.

Doctors mended parts of her skull with a titanium plate and inserted a cochlear implant to help restore hearing on her left side.

Yousafzai returned to school in March.

She is being schooled at Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, England.