Malala Yousafzai as a young girl in Pakistan was a promoter of women’s education in Pakistan.
In October 2012, aged 15, she was shot in the head and left in a critical condition by the Taliban after they had issued a death threat on her. She was sent for treatment to a UK hospital, where she recovered and after her recovery bravely continued to advocate women’s education.
On her 16th birthday on 12 July 2013, she delivered a speech at the UN in favour of women’s rights to education.
From her new home in Birmingham, she also founded the Malala Fund, a non profit making organisation to help young girls have access to education. She also co-authored a book by the name, “I am Malala” that became an international bestseller.
Malala Day, 12 July is a time to remember the story of Malala Yousafzai and to stand up for women’s rights to education the world over.
Of Malala day, she said:
“Dear brothers and sisters, do remember one thing. Malala day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised their voice for their rights… One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.”
Written by Stephen Green
Art by Kat Archibald