Malala Day 2022: Know history, significance and facts about Pakistani activist

July 12 also marks Malala Yousafzai's birthday, therefore, the UN promptly declared that the day will be observed as Malala Day to honour her.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, July 11, 2022, 03:31 PM IST
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International Malala Day is celebrated every year on July 12 to honour to the Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai. Malala, who currently works for women's right to education globally, was never allowed to enter school as a young girl.

However, the 24-year-old activist refused to stay home and raised her voice for education being provided to young girls.

Malala Day history & significance

On July 12, 2013, Malala had delivered an eloquent speech at the headquarters of United Nations. During speech, she had highlighted the need for access to women's education globally and called the world leaders to reform their policies.

She had received rounds of standing ovations for her commendable speech. July 12 also marks her birthday, therefore, the UN promptly declared that the day will be observed as Malala Day to honour her.

Facts about Malala

  • At the age of 17, Malala received Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest recipient to receive it.

  • After the violent assassination attempt at Malala, Pakistan passed the first Right to Education Bill.

  • She has received over 40 awards and honours for her relentless courage. University of King's College has also awarded her with an honourary doctorate in the year 2014.

  • In 2015, an asteroid was named Malala.

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