November 10 is now Malala Day, declares UN

United Nations has declared November 10 as Malala Day in honour of the Pakistani teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last month for campaigning for girls' education.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Envoy for Global Education, former British PM Gordon Brown, has said November 10 has been declared Malala Day. "This Saturday (November 10) will see Malala Day, a global event to show that people of all creeds, all sexes, all backgrounds and all countries stand behind Malala," Brown said.

The UN chief said citizens from across the globe are speaking out for Yousafzai and on behalf of the 61 million children who do not go to school. He called the international community to join the UN campaign to put education first "for Malala and girls and boys throughout the world".

Events have been planned in over 100 countries, from the UK and USA to Mexico, India, Australia and Sierra Leone to mark the day.

Thousands of people from across the world have signed a petition calling for her to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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