Malala stands up for girls around the world

When Malala Yousafzai was shot by a member of the Taliban on her way to school, the world stopped. It was October 9, 2012. Malala, a schoolgirl from Pakistan, was targeted because she was campaigning for the right of all girls to get an education – and she was doing it with passion.

The world watched as Malala miraculously recovered from the malicious attack.

The beginning of something very big

And so the stage was set. On July 12th, 2013, Malala celebrated her 16th birthday by making her first speech to the public since her attack at the first-ever Youth Takeover of the United Nations General Assembly.

Her speech was bold and passionate. Any viewer watching her historic speech was left inspired. If you missed it, tune in below:

History in the making

With Malala at the helm, current world leaders stepped aside and allowed the leaders of tomorrow the platform to deliver a youth-led resolution at the UN to help all children around the world access their right to an education.

Canada was represented by two youth delegates at the historic UN event. Chrystal, 18, and Fahmeeda, 16, attended the youth takeover with Malala. Both girls are members of Plan Canada’s Girls Speaker Bureau, and dedicated supporters of Plan’s Because I am a Girl initiative.

Countdown to International Day of the Girl

The UN Youth Takeover kick-started Plan’s countdown to the 2nd annual International Day of the Girl, on October 11. The 2nd Day of the Girl will continue to focus on the importance of girls’ right to a quality education.

Find out how YOU can support girls around the world by celebrating Day of the Girl!