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Angelina Jolie‘s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict is donating $50,000 in the name of Malala Yousafzai — the 14-year-old shot by the Taliban — to Tina Brown‘s Women in the World Foundation.
“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,” wrote both the Newsweek editor and the movie star in a joint email to supporters of the Women in the World foundation.
The $50,000 pledged by Jolie’s charity was to help create a new award, the Women of Impact Award for Girls’ Education, that will “provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the email stated.
Another celebrity prominently showing support for Yousafzai has been Madonna, who dedicated a song to the Pakistani child activist and stenciled her name in her back during a concert at L.A.’s Staples Center.
The Daily Beast also published a column by Jolie on Tuesday where the actress explains how she talked to her own children about the story of Malala Yousafzai — who was shot by Taliban gunmen in retribution for being outspoken about education rights. She is currently recovering in a British hospital.
“After reading the [New York Times] article, I felt compelled to share Malala’s story with my children,” Jolie wrote in her column. “It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only ‘crime’ was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school.”
“Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children,” she wrote, also adding: “As the Nobel Committee meets to determine the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, I imagine brave Malala will be given serious consideration.”
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