Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai says she hopes that her prize will inspire young girls all over the world to fight for their rights — and to step forward to lead.

The 17-year-old girl shot by the Taliban in October 2012 for asserting her right to an education told The Associated Press that the time is now for women to proclaim their rights and that "change is coming."

Yousafzai insisted Wednesday she felt the bond of a global sisterhood of sorts, with women gathering the strength to fight for equality. She says "it's their voice that I will be raising today."

Yousafzai, who is from Pakistan, is sharing the prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Both have campaigned for the rights of children and young people, particularly education.