Since surviving an attack by the Taliban in 2012, Malala Yousafzai has not stopped fighting for girls’ education. On July 12th, she will celebrate her 16th birthday by speaking to representatives of the UN to call attention to the global crisis that is the lack of education for children—especially for girls.
Youth representatives from around the world will support Malala’s movement for education at the Malala Day UN Youth Assembly, and we can’t wait to hear more about what they are doing! Like Malala, they feel empowered and are passionate about eliminating the barriers that millions of children face to receiving an education. Malala will give a voice to the concerns of young people who are overjoyed to have the UN listen to the changes that they envision for their future.
This year, Malala’s birthday is a celebration not solely of her, but of all young people who believe in the importance of education and who are taking action to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school. The Malala Day UN Youth Assembly celebrates all that Malala has come to represent, such as human rights, education, and girls’ and youth empowerment. Inspired young people are rising together to commend the strength that Malala has shown as a leading advocate for global education; she has fueled a movement for children who are denied schooling and has demonstrated just how great of a difference youth can make.
The day will be filled with discussions about public policy, talks with education experts, and skill-building sessions to learn how to best advocate for education. The lack of schooling around the world is an issue that is majorly responsible for many others—child marriage, poverty, disease—and it desperately needs a solution.
The Malala Day UN Youth Assembly supports Malala by working towards global transformation of education.
You, too, can be a part of the day! Show your support for Malala and the fight for education on Malala Day… Tell Malala that you stand with her and her mission to give everyone the rights to education by signing the petition to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: