Today is Malala Day

Who is Malala?

As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. In 2012, on the way home from school, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman; she was 14 years old. Miracuously, Malala survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education, particularly for women and girls. On her 16th birthday, she gave a speech at the United Nations and has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013. She’s been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize twice and is just 17 years old.

– Molly Adamson

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