Petition leads 'Malala Day'

A schoolboy has presented a petition in support of the injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai today on a global day of action for girls' education. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared today as 'Malala Day'.

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Gordon Brown declares 'Malala Day'

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Credit: Reuters/Stephen Hird

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has declared Saturday as 'Malala Day' in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

The ‘day of action’ coincides with his trip to Pakistan to deliver a petition containing more than one million signatures to President Asif Ali Zardari, urging him to "make education a reality for all Pakistani children, irrespective of gender".

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Malala inspired by messages from well-wishers after shooting

Malala Yousufzai's father today spoke on her behalf to say that she has been "inspired and humbled by the thousands of cards, messages and gifts" from well-wishers.

Ziauddin Yousufzai conveyed his daughters message of gratitude one month to the day after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while travelling on a school bus in Pakistan.

Ziauddin pictured with his daughter Malala.
Ziauddin pictured with his daughter Malala. Credit: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

He said: "She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being.

"We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all cast, colour and creed. They have helped my daughter survive and stay strong."

Mr Yousufzai added: "I am awfully thankful to all the peace-loving well-wishers who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health and support the grand cause of peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression."

Malala is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She is being cared for by a medical team made up of staff from the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Childrens hospitals.

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