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All you need to know About Malala Day

The UN has designated July 12, which is Yousafzai’s birthday, Malala Day in honour of the young woman who has been a prominent activist for female education since her early teens.

Here are the interesting facts about Malala

  • At 17 years old, Malala is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception in 1901.
  • In 2009, Malala started blogging about living under Taliban rule for the BBC. She later became a national figure in her country, appearing on television as a spokesperson for girls’ education.
  • Malala was aboard a bus in 2012, campaigning for the education of girls in Pakistan, when the Taliban reportedly hijacked the bus and singled her out, shooting her in the head and the neck.
  • Malala spoke of “the right to education of every child” on July 12th, 2013.
  • It was almost two years to the day when Malala was shot that she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was 17 and the youngest recipient to receive it. She shared the distinguished award with Kailash Satyarthi, another children’s rights activist.
  • Malala had plans to be a doctor but has now taken an interest in politics.
  • Because of the violent assassination attempt on Malala, Pakistan announced the creation of the very first Right to Education Bill.
  • To date, Malala has received over 40 awards and honors for her bravery and activism, including an honorary doctorate from the University of King’s College in 2014 and a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album (for the audiobook I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World) in 2015.
  • When Malala turned 18, she opened an all-girls school for Syrian refugees, calling on leaders from around the world to provide “books not bullets.”
  • In 2015 an asteroid was named in honour of Malala.
  • In April 2017 Malala became a UN Messenger of Peace.
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