ISLAMABAD: The Malala Day is being observed globally including in Pakistan on Friday to pay tribute to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who is working for the promotion of girls’ education around the world.
The United Nations has declared July 12 Malala Day, which is also her birthday, to pay tribute to the young activist.
Malala, born in Swat valley of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, garnered public attention by writing to BBC Urdu in 2008 under a pseudonym, ‘Gulmakai’, against the rising influence of Taliban.
The Nobel laureate became the target of the Taliban after she publicly spoke about girls’ education and they shot her in the head in 2012 while she was returning home from her school. After initial treatment against the gunshot, she was transported to Birmingham, UK, where she was treated for the head injury.
Malala, who has set up the Mala Fund after she was bestowed the Nobel prize, has been working on the girls’ education around the world including Pakistan. She has been an inspiration and a strength for girls around the world, helping them fight oppression and poverty.
Malala, who is studying philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford, never chose to retreat after she was shot and injured but continues her activisms for girls’ education through the Malala Fund. She started her activism at the age of 11 and continues to do so when she turned 22 this July.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a message on Malala Day said that “Malala Yousufzai is an inspiring example for all those reeling under the darkness of ignorance.”
He said that Malala Yousafzai has defeated extremism through education and the marking of the day globally recognizes the efforts of Pakistani women in getting the education.