Celebrate Malala Day, November 10

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by a Taliban gunman for seeking an education for herself and other girls in her country, now has a day in her honor thanks to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the current United Nations special envoy for education.

In a recorded webcast, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared, “Citizens form across the globe are speaking out for Malala and on behalf of the 61 million children still not in school.” Watch the entire webcast here.

Malala continues to recover from her wounds in a UK hospital. The video in this article shows her with her father reading the many well wishes sent to her from around the world.

The following video is a documentary that profiles Malala. This 2009 film by Adam B. Ellick has been made available by The New York Times. Continue to pray for Malala and support her cause of education for girls and other children around the world.

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The Origins of the U.N. International Day of Peace

The U.N. International Day of Peace had an inauspicious beginning in 1981 when the United Nations adopted resolution 36/67, which established the International Day of Peace on the third Tuesday in September. Few knew about or observed the day until 2001 when the day was changed to September 21 by resolution 55/282. The story about how that happened and how the day gained international prominence is the subject of this post.

In 1999, a young filmmaker by the name of Jeremy Gilley embarked on a journey to unite the world in peace on this one day in September. The films below tell his story. The first, a Ted Talk featuring Gilley, could be described as the Reader’s Digest condensed version; the second, The Day After Peace, is a full documentary by Gilley about his journey. Whichever one you choose to watch, enjoy this remarkable story of courage and perseverance.