Equality and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has taken to her personal Twitter account for the first time, asking people to join in her fight for girls’ rights.
The 19-year-old has long been an advocate for women’s education – but at a personal cost. In 2012, at the age of 15, she was shot in the head by Taliban militants in Pakistan for her views.
In a string of messages, the teenage Nobel Prize winner explained she was tweeting on a “bittersweet day”.
While she has now finished secondary school she knows that other girls won’t have the opportunities she has been afforded.
Hi, Twitter.— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter [THREAD]— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I'm excited about my future, but... 2/— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
....I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education. 3/— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America. 4/— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Each girl’s story is unique — and girls' voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. 5/— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
On and off Twitter, I'm fighting for girls — will you join me?✋🏾 6/— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017
Malala, who will receive her A-level results this summer, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 alongside Kailash Satyarthi.
She was made a UN Messenger of Peace earlier this year.