Malala Day

© A World at School 2013

Who is Malala?

Malala Yousafzai is a courageous advocate for universal education and girls’ rights. Malala was targeted for her brave activism and in October of 2012, the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her and two other girls. After the shooting, Malala was flown from her home in Pakistan to the UK to recover. Malala is now back at school and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education.

What is Malala Day?

July 12, 2013 was Malala’s 16th birthday. To celebrate Malala Day, the global community came together to highlight the leading role that youth can play in enabling all children to get an education. Malala marked 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.

In support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, international youth leaders convened at the United Nations and in cities around the world in support of reaching the goal of having all children, especially girls, in school and learning by 2015.

Sign Malala's Petition

At this moment there are 57 million children without access to education and millions more who aren’t learning in school. Working together, that number can be lowered by 2015. On July 12, Malala marked her 16th birthday by delivering to the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth. Continue to stand with Malala by signing this letter to show your demand for emergency action in support of Malala’s education fight.

Participate Online

Continue to be part of a global conversation by sharing Tweets, Facebook messages, photos, or Vine videos post-Malala Day.

Memorable Malala Day Moments

Watch Malala's speech delivered at the UN Headquarters.

View photos from Malala Day.

Read the Youth Resolution: The Education We Want that was presented on Malala Day.

Read blogs by the Youth Advocacy Group.