Malala Day – a global day to call for the education of all girls and women – has been announced by Malala’s father and UN Special Envoy, former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Appearing at an event to mark International Women’s Day, they outlined plans for the day and showed a film about girls education which featured Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign.
A global solution
Malala was shot by the Taliban last year for speaking in favour of girls’ education. Malala Day will be held on her 16th birthday, July 12, and will be celebrated with a youth assembly at the United Nations in New York. Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan UK, says, “The Malala campaign, sparked by the incredible determination of a 15 year old girl in Pakistan, has had an unprecedented impact in the UK and around the world. We are proud to support a movement that has united girls, boys, men and women, in their call for girls’ education.”
In November 2012, when Gordon Brown handed the Pakistan President the ‘I am Malala’ petition with two million signatures, a Plan UK and UN youth representative delivered the same document to the UK Pakistan High Commission in London. “Since then, the Pakistan government has voted for compulsory free education and has announced that three million girls and boys will receive cash transfers to help them go to school,” explains Ms Barron. “The UK is part of a global solution. On International Women’s Day we are asking everyone to raise their hand to support girls’ education and support the UN to make it a priority worldwide.”
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