February 27 2013
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teen activist who was shot in the head by a gunman for her advocacy of the education of Pakistani girls, is well on her way to recovery and is fighting hard to make sure future Pakistani girls have equal access to education.
After being shot, Malala was flown to the UK for medial treatment, where earlier this month she received major surgery that included a titanium plate and cochlear implant fitting. Yet the young activist is not letting her recovery dampen her efforts to bring about change.
In a recent video released upon her discharge from the hospital, Malala announced the creation of the Malala Fund, which will partner with the U.S.’ own Vital Voices to advocate for education and equality. According to the Guardian:
The fund will support the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world and will provide grants to civil society organisations and individuals focused on education. It will be advised by a committee comprising education experts and entrepreneurs, as well as Malala and her family.
A statement on the fund's website said: "Before she was attacked, Malala was in the process of setting up an organisation with her friends to get girls into school and out of domestic labour. 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 programme for families. After a needs assessment and final programme design, the project will be launched and running by spring 2013."
Malala’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. The Daily Mail reports that the young activist has been “put forward for the Nobel prize by three Norwegian MP’s who praised her 'commitment so threatening to extremists that they tried to kill her.'”
Upon her release, Malala went to live with her father in a secured permanent residence in Birmingham, where he serves as education attaché. Yet her fight is not yet over, and, according to the Daily Mail, “The Taliban have vowed to target her again.”
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