Remembering Malala @ 18

Malala YousafzaiNobel peace prize winner ( 2014 ) Malala Yousuf turns 18 today, which has been dubbed as the ‘Malala Day’ by the United States. The young Pakistani girl first attracted attention around the globe for being shot at by the Taliban in October 2012. She was the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate at 17. As spokesperson for girls’ education, she advocated continuing to speak out despite Taliban threats. Her birthday was celebrated in UNO Youth Assembly in 2013 as Malala Day and students from far and wide attended. From India a 17-year student Laxman Hembram attended. In 2013, Malala Fund was launched by her, which was aimed at helping young girls to attend school and to raise awareness. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has dubbed her birthday as ‘Malala Day’ in recognition of her bold stand to ensure education to all particularly girls. On her 16th birthday she spoke at the headquarters of the United Nations to call for worldwide access to education. Hundreds of leaders across the globe supported the Ban Ki-moon initiative for reaching the goal of all girls in school and learning by 2015.

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