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United Nation Declares Today 'Malala Day'

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Today is a big day for Malala Tousafzai.

Nine months ago, young Malala was on a bus in Pakistan.  Taliban gunman boarded that bus and shot Malala in the head and neck.

She survived.

Today, this vibrant, brave education activist turns 16.  She will celebrate the day with her first public speech to over 500 children at the United Nations in New York City.

She is calling for there to be universal primary education for all children by 2015.

"Malala is an inspiration to millions," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "Her bravery and determination mirror that of the girls and boys around the world risking their lives every day as they pursue their right to an education. Last week's attack on a boarding school in Northeast Nigeria ― which killed at least 29 students and a teacher ― is a vivid example. As we listen to Malala at the United Nations, we will not only celebrate her brave example, we will also rededicate ourselves to supporting every child's right to learn and build a future in peace and safety."

Because of this young woman's brave fight, The United Nations has named today, Malala Day.

Happy Malala Day!

To learn more about Malala, click here.

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