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On the opening night of the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Angelina Jolie will honor one of 2012’s bravest young women, Malala Yousafzai.

On the opening night of the fourth annual Women in the World Summit, Angelina Jolie will honor one of 2012’s bravest young women, Malala Yousafzai. Inspired by Malala’s courage, Jolie committed $50,000 to build a school in Malala's name through her Education Partnership for Children in Conflict. Joining forces with Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief, Tina Brown, and the Women in the World Foundation they collectively raised $150,000 for the Malala Fund in October of last year. The fund, administered by Vital Voices Global Partnership, was established on behalf of Malala to realize her vision of the right to education for all girls.

A writer, director, and award-winning actor, Jolie is a fearless advocate who currently holds the position of special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Last year, Jolie joined forces with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague to prevent sexual violence in conflict zones, a major focus of this year's G8 Summit. The fourth annual Women in the World Summit takes place April 4 and 5 in New York City.


Malala Goes Back to School

Malala Goes Back to School Handout / Getty Images

Five months after being shot by Taliban.

The 15-year-old education crusader is back where she belongs—in school. Malala Yousafzai returned to school today for the first time since being shot on a school bus last October. She attended Birmingham’s Edgbaston High School for Girls, and called the day “the most important day” of her life. She said, “I think it is the happiest moment that I’m going back to school, this is what I dreamed, that all children should be able to go to school because it is their basic right.” It’s a proud moment, writes former U.K. prime minister Gordon Brown, but millions of girls like her are still denied an education.

Read it at The Daily Beast


Malala Returns To School

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Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year-old girl who was shot at close range in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan while she was on her way home from school, reads a book as she continues her recovery. Yousafzai is writing a memoir titled "I am Malala" about the ordeal. (AP)

The young Pakistani heroine and education activist, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, met for the first time with teachers and pupils at her new school in Britain. But millions of girls like her are still denied an education, writes Gordon Brown, former U.K. prime minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Malala Yousafzai has gone to school today for the first time since she was shot last October. Then, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl was left for dead by the Taliban, a punishment inflicted on her simply for wanting to be educated.

Malala’s journey back from a hospital bed to the classroom is not only an inspirational story of courage triumphing over all the odds but a story of determination and, indeed, of destiny: a signal to the world that nothing—not even bullets and death threats—can now stand in the way of every girl’s right to education.

Yesterday Malala, who spent months in hospital recovering from neck, face, and head injuries, met teachers at her new school in Birmingham, England. Today she has met the pupils with whom she will learn as she starts to catch up on lost months of her schooling.

But around the world there are 32 million girls who will not be joining Malala at school today, unable to go to school because they are prevented from doing so or because there is no school to attend. Some of them are Malala’s friends in Pakistan’s Swat Valley who still face threats from the Taliban—and who understandably remain fearful that when they take their first step back into school, they will be attacked in the way she was nearly six months ago.

I have talked with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz, two of Malala’s close friends who were on the fateful school bus and sitting next to Malala on the day she was shot. Still living in Swat, they are very brave girls. Both were hurt in the shootings. Both are determined, nonetheless, to have an education. They want to be doctors. But in the face of the threats and intimidation, they are finding it difficult to continue their schooling.

Of the 700,000 children not at school in their home province of Khyber Pakhtunkwha (KPK), 600,000 are girls. Until we provide both the resources and security for them and others to travel securely to school and feel safe from the Taliban while there, then many of Pakistan’s schools will remain closed, and literally millions of Pakistani girls will be denied an education.


Malala Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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Among record 259 candidates.

Is the world really that peaceful? A whopping 259 nominees—a record—for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize were announced Monday. Included among the candidates: Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban, and Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier who admitted to sending Wikileaks classified material. The previous record number of nominees was 241 in 2011. The winner will be announced in October, and presented the honor on December 10.

Read it at Associated Press


Tina Brown on Malala

On 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' Tina Brown talked about Malala Yousafzai, saying 'she represents all girls.' 'A tipping point' has been reached in terms of women's rights worldwide, Brown said.


Malala Leaves the Hospital

Malala Leaves the Hospital Getty Images

After skull surgery and cochlear implant.

Malala Yousafzai was discharged from the hospital Friday after receiving a cochlear implant and skull reconstruction surgery. After being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman back in October, the Pakistani teenager was airlifted to Britain, where she received medical treatment as well as protection from the Taliban. Yousafzai will remain in the U.K. for the time being, as her father is now working for the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham.

Read it at Associated Press


Malala Yousafzai: 'I Want to Serve'

In an ABC exclusive, Bob Woodruff spoke to the father of Malala Yousafzai about the young activist's recovery, her hopes for the future and the 'Malala Fund' created to give girls around the world access to education


Malala: 'You Can See I'm Alive'

Malala: 'You Can See I'm Alive' Photo by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via Getty

Her father appears in interview after daughter's statement released.

On Monday, Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin, announced "The Malala Fund" for girls' education, in an interview with ABC News' Bob Woodruff. Earlier in the day, Malala released her first statement since being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in October. In the video, which was taped before she underwent a five-hour surgery on Saturday, Malala said she would continue to fight for girls' education. "Today you can see that I'm alive," she said. "It's just because of the prayers of people, and because of these prayers, God has given me this new life, and this is a second life. This is the new life and I want to serve the people."

Read it at ABC News

Malala Yousafzai, who continues to recover after being shot in the head by Taliban militants last year, is turning her efforts to universal education:

Speaking in English Malala said she wanted to "serve the people".

"Today you can see that I'm alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and today I can speak and I'm getting better day by day.

"It's just because of the prayers of people, because all the people - men, women, children - all of them have prayed for me.


Malala's 'New Life'

She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.


Malala Speaks!

For the first time since she underwent surgery, 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai addresses the world in a moving video. Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie on how the Women in the World Foundation is supporting her cause.

The world is thrilled this morning to finally catch a glimpse of Malala Yousafzai, who is recovering from a five-hour operation in Britain. Yousafzai said she is feeling well and wants to “serve the people” and announced the formation of a new fund to support girls’ education.

We are touched and heartened by Malala's recovery, as well as by the donations pouring in to endow a Women in the World fund in her honor used exclusively to educate girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. When she was only 10, this amazing girl accompanied her father to a press club in Peshawar and declared: “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” Now people are echoing her all over the world by joining the cause.

In today’s video, Malala introduces the Malala Fund, created by Vital Voices, the international nonprofit that trains women leaders. Malala herself will help direct the use of these joint funds. To reinforce Malala's efforts for girls’ education, we are contributing the Women in the World Foundation funds raised to date to the Malala Fund.


Malala ‘Getting Better’

Malala ‘Getting Better’ Queen Elizabeth Hospital, via AP

She says in first video statement.

Only hours after having surgery to have her skull reconstructed and hearing restored, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai released an optimistic video statement. Though her upper lip was stiff, the young Pakistani spoke clearly, saying that she was “getting better, day by day.” Malala was shot by the Taliban in October for being outspoken on girls’ education and “Western thinking.”

Read it at The Daily Beast


Malala’s Dad Gets Diplomatic Post

Malala’s Dad Gets Diplomatic Post Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via Getty Images

Will be education attaché in the U.K.

The father of Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl targeted by Pakistan’s Taliban for promoting female education, is being honored for his role in forming the young activist. Ziauddin Yousafzai has been appointed Pakistan’s education attaché in Birmingham, England, where Malala has been recovering since she was shot in the head in October. The position ensures the young girl can stay in the U.K., far from threats of the Taliban who have sworn to target her again. It’s unclear whether Yousafzai will stay, as she originally said she planned to return to Pakistan after her treatment.

Read it at The Associated Press


Malala: Don't Name School After Me

Malala: Don't Name School After Me Asif Hassan/AFP, via Getty

Students fear protests over controversial figure.

Malala Yousafzai, who survived after being shot in the head by the Taliban in October for advocating girls' education, has already run into problems with her fans. In November, a Pakistani provincial government changed the name of its Government Girls Degree College to Government Malala Yousafzai Girls Degree College. But students soon began protesting, fearing that being linked with such a controversial figure put their lives in danger. Yousafzai called the government on Monday to request that students' wishes for another name change be heeded and was told that those in charge would "consider" her wishes. In the meantime, the school has been closed in the wake of student protests.

Read it at CNN

For Malala

Put Education First. Now.

Malala Day

Pakistani supporters of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) hold photographs of Pakistan's child activist Malala Yousafzai as they stand alongside burning candles during a ceremony to mark "Malala Day" in Karachi on November 10, 2012. (Rizwan Tabassum, AFP / Getty Images)

As millions mark Malala Day, we must take this opportunity to guarantee access to education for all young girls by 2015. Gordon Brown on the organizations taking steps to make that a reality—and how you can help.

The world’s newest icon of courage is only 15 years old. She is facing multiple operations from her hospital bed in Birmingham, Britain, and she is still too sick to be able to speak to her supporters.

But this week, one month after Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, country after country is adopting her name as their symbol for a girl’s right to education.

This week, as Malala Day is celebrated with grassroots events in 100 nations, a campaign has been launched to offer her the Nobel Peace Prize. As long as there are girls out of school anywhere in the world, Malala will be their beacon of hope.

Earlier today, I was able to speak with Malala’s two friends injured in the October attack and pass on my best wishes. Kainat is a courageous young woman who has been able to return to school and wants to be a doctor. Shazia, the other brave young woman, informed me she is getting better, most enjoys biology class, and wants to be a doctor. I was also delighted to hear about Pakistan’s creation of four Malala schools, a Malala Post-Graduate Institute and a new Malala Center for Women’s Studies.

Meet Malala, The Girl Shot By The Taliban

In 2009, New York Times reporter Adam B. Ellick travelled to Swat Valley, Pakistan, to profile Malala Yousafzai on the day before the Taliban closed her school. Malala was shot last Tuesday, and is recovering.


Women in the World

Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala

Angelina Jolie: We All Are Malala

I told my kids—and you should too: Girls’ education is under threat in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and around the world. It’s time we all took a stand. By Angelina Jolie. Plus: Here’s how you can help.

Call to Arms

Malala's Cause

Put Education First. Now.

Put Education First. Now.

As millions mark Malala Day, we must take this opportunity to guarantee access to education for all young girls by 2015.

The Backstory on Angelina Jolie's Report

Abigail Pesta, editorial director of Women in the World, and Kim Azzarelli, President of Women in the World Foundation, discuss Angelina Jolie's moving column on the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education. How you can help:


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