Malala Day is a yearly celebration celebrated on July 12th to recognise Malala Yousafzai’s tenacity and advocacy. It was created by the UN in honour of her work to advance girls’ education around the world. The day is meant to act as a reminder of the value of education and the continuous fight for equal access to school, particularly for girls in poor communities.
On July 12, 2013, Yousafzai, then 16 years old, spoke before the UN to advocate for equal access to education. Later, the UN proclaimed the day “Malala Day.” It was her first address in front of an audience since the attack, and she had more than 500 young education advocates in attendance. It’s not my Malala Day, she remarked.