Angelina Jolie honors student activist

Angelina Jolie’s commitment to promoting social justice around the world continues as she pays tribute to Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai, 15, at the Women in the World Summit Thursday at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Malala, who was deemed one of the 12 most influential people of 2012 by CBC, was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for promoting equal opportunity education in Pakistan. Angelina has donated $200,000 towards the new Malala Fund, designed to help girls’ education in Pakistan. Malala appeared at the summit via video from Britain to address the new charity initiative, saying, “This is the happiest moment of my life…If we can educate 40 girls, we can educate 40 million girls.”

Angelina is a longtime supporter of Malala, donating $50,000 to the Women in the World Foundation one week after the girl was shot. In an essay posted on the Daily Beast website, the actress expressed her children’s interest. “Malala’s story stayed with them throughout the day, and that night they were full of questions…Our 8-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala,” she wrote, “and fittingly create a reading nook near it.” ~Rebecca Raveendran

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  1. Jamie • April 5, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

    I read this a while back. She survived a bullet to the head – remarkable. Really thoughtful of Angelina to do

  2. C-Dub • April 6, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

    Now this is a good article. It shows a star doing something truly good with her money and at the same time promoting something worth while and bringing to light an atrocity. This I felt was good to read. Cheers tribute.

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