Join Malala Yousafzai to celebrate her 16th birthday!

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10 Juillet 2013


On 12 July 2013 Malala Yousafzai, a brave young girl who was shot in the head for advocating for girls education, will be celebrating her 16th birthday. She was targeted because of her brave campaign for the right of all girls to get an education. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) are applauding her commitment and determination to help every child, both girls and boys, to get education. Globally, 61 million children are out of school, with girls disproportionately affected.

On this day, known globally as Malala Day, Malala will join young leaders from around the world to celebrate her birthday by leading the first ever youth takeover of the UN General Assembly in New York. On 12 July, she will deliver the UN Secretary General an official youth Call to Action - The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want -  on her vision for education and a new framework for ending poverty. The Youth Resolution will become an official UN Outcome document and will be distributed to member states. WAGGGS has provided its feedback and contribution to the Outcome Document.

On 12 July, 8 youth representatives of the Girl Scouts of the USA will be participating in the UN Youth Assembly led by Malala in her first public appearance since she was shot by the Taliban. They will be also hosting a table at the Youth Fair.

Don’t worry however if  you can’t stand in the UN Hall next to Malala -  you can still show her your support!

How you can show your support!

  • Stand with Malala by signing this letter to show your demand for emergency action in support of Malala’s education fight  
  • Host an event to promote education for girls - visit for a range of resources supporting this event

  • Join the conversation - Malala’s  speech will be live streamed. Participate online  to be part of a global conversation, share Tweets, Facebook messages, photos leading up to Malala Day. Download the Social Media Hot Sheet for sample messages. 


Malala Yousafzai is a brave young campaigner for universal education and girls’ rights. On October 2012, the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her and two other girls. After the shooting, Malala was flown from her home in Pakistan to the United Kingdom to recover. Malala is now back at school and continues to campaign for every child’s right to education.

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