Angelina Jolie to Honor Malala Yousafzai at Women in the World Summit 2013
Angelina Jolie will honor Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit.
Yousafzai is only 15, but she’s a badass in her own right.
The young Pakistani girl made headlines last year after being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban over her vocal support of girls’ education. Yousafzai began blogging for BBC at the age of 11, and her unwavering activism for girls’ rights made her a target for violence.
She will be honored as one of 2012’s bravest young women by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie. Jolie was so inspired by Yousafzai’s bravery, she committed $50,000 to building a new school in her name. The Malala Fund quickly grew to $150,000 with the help of Newsweek, The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown and the Women in the World Foundation.
Yousafzai has recovered from the traumatic head injury after undergoing life-saving surgeries in Britain. Her skull was fitted with a titanium plate and she’s received a cochlear implant to help restore her hearing. She has since started school in the UK and is excited about her new opportunities.
“I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham,” said Yousafzai.
Yousafzai’s staunch support of girls’ education and her traumatic ordeal have made her a nominee for the Nobel Peace prize. Jolie notes that Yousafzai’s story reflects the importance of educating young people — especially young girls — from around the world, because “education is a powerful thing.”
Jolie will recognize Yousafzai’s achievements at The Women in the World Summit on April 4 and 5 in New York City.