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What is Malala Day?

Jul 11, 2013

The global community will come together to celeberate Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai's birthday on July 12, 2013. Malala was shot by the Taliban for attending school.

July 12, 2013 is Malala's 16th birthday. To celebrate Malala Day, the global community will come together to highlight the leading role that youth can play in enabling all children to get an education. Malala will be marking the day by giving her first public speech since the shooting dedicated to the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

“On 12 July, Malala will be joined by hundreds of students from more than 80 countries in a unique Youth Assembly, where diplomats will take a back seat as young people take over the UN,” Ban told in an interview. “They will gather to issue a global call for quality education for all.”

Malala is the Pakistani schoolgirl and education rights campaigner who, along with friends, was shot by the Taliban for attending classes. During her UN visit, which coincides with her 16th birthday, Malala will share her experiences and raise awareness about the importance of education, particularly for girls around the world.

“In far too many places, students like Malala and their teachers are threatened, assaulted, even killed,” Ban said. “Through hate-filled actions, extremists have shown what frightens them the most: a girl with a book.”

Last month, Malala Yousafzai was the first person to sign a new worldwide petition calling for urgent action to ensure the right of every child to safely attend school. The petition was launched with the backing of the United Nations Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown.

SOURCE: UN News Service

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