"I have a new dream. I must become a politician to serve this country."

- Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan

"Schools are not places of learning, but places of fear and violence."

- Classmate of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan

"They will not stop me. I will get my education, if it is in home, school, or any place."

- Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan

"[Malala] can create a society were a medical student would be easily able to get her doctorate degree."

- Ziauddin Yousafzai, Pakistan

"Of the 43 million children who live in crisis-affected countries worldwide and are not in school, more than half are girls."

- Girls' Education in the 21st Century

"She will rise again, she will stand again."

- Ziauddin Yousafzai

"In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) nearly half of all nine-year-olds do not attend school, and 97% of females cannot read."

- Oxfam

"She is a daughter of everybody, a sister of everybody."

- Schoolboy from Multan, Pakistan

"The people of Pakistan are saying what needs to be said so eloquently now — that children, boys and girls, deserve to go to school."

- The Nation – Pakistan, October 16, 2012

"Pakistan ranks 163 out of 177 in the world’s education systems."

- The United Nations

"Pakistan ranks 132 out of 134 in largest gender gaps."

- World Economic Forum

"In Pakistan, 1.8 million boys and 3.2 million girls do not attend school."

- The World Bank

"I want every girl, every child, to be educated."

- Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan

"This is a second life... I want to serve the people."

- Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan

Support the Malala Fund

On October 9, 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban. It

Book released October 8, 2013

was a failed attempt to silence her — and her leading voice for girls' education and the right of all children to go to school. 

We established the Malala Fund on behalf of Malala and her family, working together with supporters of the cause, including the United Nations Foundation and Girl Up, and within a community of supportive organizations and individuals, to realize Malala's vision of education for all girls. 

On July 12, 2013, on Malala's 16th birthday, the Malala Fund became its own independent non-governmental organization. Beespace, a nonprofit incubator, provides organizational support, and Shiza Shahid serves as executive director. Read our statement here.

Read Alyse Nelson's Oct. 11 blog about Malala's leadership at Forbes.com.

The Malala Fund supports the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world.

Through grants and partner collaborations with civil society organizations and individuals focused on education, the Fund is advised by a committee comprising education experts, entrepreneurs, and Malala with her family. 

The first grant

Before she was attacked, Malala was in the process of setting up an organization with her friends to get girls into school and out of domestic labor. The first grant of the Malala Fund will continue this process and provide a safe space for the girls, resources for a positive learning environment and an incentive program for families. 

"Today I'm going to announce the happiest moment in my life, and that is the first grant of the Malala Fund," said Malala Yousafzai in a video shown to thousands attending the April 4-5 Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center, and streamed around the world. "I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls.

The grant funds a program in Pakistan to ensure that 40 girls ranging in age from five to 12 who would otherwise be engaged in domestic labor, or at high risk of entering the workforce, are able to attend school. Working with the families, the organization enrolled the girls in school, providing a safe space for convening and with resources and support to adapt to an educational environment, such as school uniforms, shoes and learning materials. Each family will receive a monthly stipend, and the organization and the school will continue to work with the families and the community to highlight the importance of girls’ education.

61 million kids around the world are denied access to education.
32 million are girls. Donate to the Malala Fund and get involved:

Help Malala realize her vision:
Support the education and empowerment of girls.

Learn more

The UN Foundation and Girl Up
Campaign to get American girls involved in promoting the education and empowerment of girls around the world.

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education
Petition to end discrimination against girls and to ensure all children are in school by 2015.

Girl Rising
The 10x10 film about the power of education to change a girl, and the world.

Women in the World Foundation
Supports women of impact from around the globe.
Special thanks to Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, and creator of the Women in the World Foundation, who joined forces with Angelina Jolie and her Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, to make a combined pledge of $150,000 to the Malala Fund.

 

Banner image at top: Courtesy of Geoff Brokate and Kaye Martindale