In the wake of the Taliban shooting of a 14-year old girl named Malala Yousafzai, who vocally promoted girls’ rights to education, The Daily Beast features a story written by Angelina Jolie. The activist writes:
“Still trying to understand, my children asked, ‘Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’ I answered, ‘because an education is a powerful thing.’
The shots fired on Malala struck the heart of the nation, and as the Taliban refuse to back down, so too do the people of Pakistan. This violent and hateful act seems to have accomplished the opposite of its intent, as Pakistanis rally to embrace Malala’s principles and reject the tyranny of fear. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said “let this be a lesson.” Yes. Let this be a lesson—that an education is a basic human right, a right that Pakistan’s daughters will not be denied.
Jolie and Tina Brown are helping to launch the Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls’ Education Fund. Read about it below and donate here.
In honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was tragically shot by the Taliban for exercising her fundamental right to an education, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Woman of Impact Award for Girls’ Education to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are making an emergency appeal to our Women in the World Community to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.