Malala Day: Women’s education across the globe
On 12 July 2013, Malala Yousafzai gave a powerful speech at the UN on her 16th birthday – her first public speech since being attacked by the Taliban the previous year. Speaking of the vital importance of education in combatting hatred and extremism, she focused particularly on women’s rights and girls’ education: ‘We call upon all communities…to ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.’ In 2014, the UN officially named 12 July ‘Malala Day’ in her honour.
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