Malala Day 2022: The United Nations has named this day in honor of the girl who advocated for women’s education.
International Malala Day is observed every year on 12 July to mark the birthday of young activist Malala Yousafzai.
The United Nations (UN) has designated this date as Malala Day to honor a girl who advocated for women’s education.
The day is used as an opportunity to appeal to world leaders to ensure free and compulsory education for every child.
History and Significance
On 12 July 2013, the then 16-year-old Pakistani activist gave a poignant speech at the United Nations Headquarters.
She highlighted the need for women’s access to education globally and called on world leaders to reform their policies.
Malala was highly appreciated for her brilliant speech. With 12 July being her birthday, the United Nations immediately announced that it would be celebrated as ‘Malala Day’ in honor of the young activist.
Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. She began advocating for women’s education in 2008. He was attacked by the Taliban in 2012.
At the age of 17, Yousafzai was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception in 1901.
In 2015, an asteroid was named in Yousafzai’s honor. In 2018, the activist joined the University of Oxford to study philosophy, economics and politics.