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.
The Foundation is making an emergency appeal to their 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. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.
“We are sure you have been shaken by the news that last week, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she left school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan,” said Angelina Jolie and Women in the World Foundation founder Tina Brown in a joint statement. "Her crime was promoting girls’ education in Pakistan and publishing a blog about life under the Taliban. She remains unconscious, and has been flown from Pakistan to the United Kingdom to receive specialist treatment.
“As a response to Malala’s bravery, girls across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world are standing up and saying, “I am Malala” – and this is our opportunity to show the same solidarity."