Every 12 July is a UN observance called “Malala Day.” The day is based upon the life and struggles of Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, who advocates for equal access to education for women.
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For her efforts toward promoting women’s education in Pakistan, in October of 2012 she was attacked and left in critical condition by the Taliban. She was rushed to a UK hospital, where she recovered.
After her recovery, Malala bravely continued to advocate women’s education. And on her 16th birthday, 12 July, 2013, she delivered a moving speech at the UN in favour of women’s rights to education. She also founded the Malala Fund to help young girls have access to education. Malala Day is a time to remember the story of Malala Yousafzai and to stand up for women’s rights to education the world over.