What is Malala Day?


Malala Yousafzai a sixteen year old Pakistani girl engaged in the promotion of women’s education from 12 july, 2013. She delivered an impassioned speech at the United Nations headquarters on the need for gender equality in education. The address saw several rounds of standing ovations for the teenager, and from then onwards the day 12 July, which is  her birth date was  declared  as Malala Day  in honour of the young activist by the United Nations.

She was Born on 12, July 1997 in Pakistan, and started advocating for women’s rights in education since 2008. Alongside with that this young girl also faces the critical  menace in the region of Taliban that has  targeted women’s progress for decades.

Malala also had a regular blog in BBC Urdu on her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat but soon she attracted the public attention from all across the world and was sought after that for interviews in various television shows and for newspapers.

In October 2012 she was attacked by Taliban gunmen and was in a critical condition. Soon after that she was sent to the United Kingdom to recover herself from that situation.

Despite of the Taliban’s attack, soon the bold and brave girl Malala  returned to the public amphitheatre with some more fierce in her views than before and continued her advocacy for gender rights. On the basis of her performance in Birmingham she founded a fund called ” Malala Fund” which is a non profit organisation and that helps young girls go to school. She also authored a book by the Title “I am Malala” that became an international bestseller book of the year.

Over the years, apart from having a day dedicated to her, she has  been the recipient of a large number of awards and honours.  The Pakistan’s  government awarded her the first National Youth Peace Prize, in 2012. At the age of 17, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize in 2014 and recently, she has been awarded an honorary Canadian citizenship and was the youngest person to address the House of Commons in Canada.

Malala has been the subject of a many popular features in mass media, including the documentary “He named me Malala” which was shortlisted for the Oscars in 2015.