World Malala Day 2014

MalalaDay-570Last year on July 12, 2013, her sixteenth birthday, Malala Yousafzai stood and spoke for the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The young advocate for girls’ rights and universal education was shot in the face by the Taliban in October 2012 on a school bus. After the attack, she recovered in the UK and continues her fight for education. Today, July 14, 2014, is a day dedicated to the courageous teen and her campaign. 

Malala Day is a day of raising our voices and taking a stand for education. Malala said in an exclusive interview with ABC news:

We want to say that we are stronger than. So I say that I am stronger than fear. I am stronger than violence. I am stronger than terrorism. I am stronger than every kind of thing that stops me from getting education.

Banelle Malala Day

GCC’s summer intern, Banelle Mana

Use the hashtag #StrongerThan and share photos, videos and pictures on Facebook and Twitter. Get involved and help spread the word. Visit

You can also support Malala and stand by her by clicking this link and signing the petition for the fight for education.

Along with her amazing petition and work towards fighting for universal education, Malala is the co-founder of the Malala Fund, a nonprofit that aims to improve girl’s access to education. Donations can also be made to the Malala Fund here.

Stand up today. Raise your voice. Continue to fight for universal education!

Banelle Mana is GCC’s summer high school intern. She is going into her senior year at Bronx Health Sciences High School. Born in Cameroon and raised in NYC, Banelle is passionate about education and international events. She enjoys volunteering in her community, Korean television, and chocolate.