Malala DayMalala Yousafzai, is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, celebrating her her birthday 19th birthday on Tuesday June 12. Her birthday is named as ‘Malala day’ by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in 2013 on the occasion of Yousafzai’s 16th birthday. She delivered a speech at the UN calling for worldwide access to education. In that speech, Yousafzai said that Malala Day is “not my day,” but the “day of every woman, every boy and every girl who have raised a voice for their rights.” She has spent every birthday since campaigning for girls’ education around the world, traveling to areas where girls face the greatest barriers to get education.

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997. In 2012, Malala Yousafzai was 15 year old and was on the school bus when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for her criticism of the Taliban but she survived the fatal injury and continued advocating the girls’ right to education.

She first began blogging for the BBC in 2009 under anonymous name, her identity was discovered as her cause gained more publicity. She continued speaking out for her beliefs despite increasing death threats from the Taliban.

Yousafzai is now residing in the United Kingdom, where she graduated from high school with top scores.

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