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UN declares Malala Day

11-11-2012 05:19 BJT

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former British Prime Minister Gorden Brown added their voices to people paying tribute to Malala Yousufzai on Saturday.

The UN declared Malala Day one month after 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai and two of her classmates were shot by the Pakistani Taliban. She had been targeted for speaking out against the insurgency.

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, said, "Malala Yousafzai is a global symbol of every girl’s right to an education. On November 10th, citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school. I am adding my voice to the messages from over 1 million people across the globe. Education is a fundamental human right. It is a pathway to development, tolerance and global citizenship."

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, said, "Today we are celebrating Malala Day in honor of the courage of a young girl, who has caught the imagination and the attention and the sympathy and compassion of the entire world, and I can tell you that there will be events in a hundred countries around the world today, with petitions handed in or other events taking place, because people in every part of the world want to identify with Malala."

Malala was brought to Britain by an air ambulance provided by the United Arab Emirates on the 15th of October. This came after escaping death by a hair’s breadth when a bullet "grazed" her brain in the attack on the 9th of October. She is recovering in hospital in Birmingham. Malala has been praised around the world for promoting girls’ right to education and being an outspoken critic of the militant group.


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