Malala Day - 12 July

Every year on July 12th, the world celebrates Malala Day in honor of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai to honor an extraordinary girl who spent her life fighting for the rights of children and women.

Malala Yousafzai 
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani activist. In 2008 she began protesting the closing of girls' schools in her area. In 2012 she was shot as a result of her protests. Yousafzai survived the assassination attempt and spoke all over the world about the importance of the education of girls.

She was nominated in October 2011 for the International Children’s Peace Prize by human rights leader Desmond Tutu. In December she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. The prize was later renamed the National Malala Peace Prize.

On her 16th birthday, Malala traveled to New York to speak at the United Nations. In 2014, she was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Along with this prestigious honor, she has also received the United Nations Human Rights Prize and The Liberty Medal. In 2017, Malala began her studies at Oxford. 

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