66 million girls around the world are deprived of their right to learn. Stand with Malala to empower girls through education and help them achieve their full potential.
Your support to Malala Fund goes toward local education projects
and global initiatives that promote girls’ secondary education in
Pakistan, Nigeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Kenya.
“It is not time to tell the world leaders to realize how important education is – they already know it – their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action for the rest of the world’s children.”
How Malala Fund donors are making a real difference
for girls’ education around the world.
Meet some of the incredible people around the world
who are standing with Malala for girls’ education.
Malala accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2014 with Kailash Satyarthi.
Without education girls are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Girls are out of school around the world.
A girl becomes a child bride.
Victims of human trafficking are girls.
Inspired and led by Malala’s example, the Malala Fund works to break the cycle of poverty and empower girls through education.
The Malala Fund’s Integrated Approach Consists of 3 pillars to empower girls through education:
the voices of the girls to keep them in the spotlight, inspire girls globally and drive action on girls’ issues by the global community.
at the international, national and local level for policy and system changes that give girls access to a high quality education at a community level.
in community centered scalable solutions that provide quality education with potential for systems level change by empowering local leaders and educators.
The Malala Fund supports local education projects and global initiatives promoting girls’ secondary education in six countries. We invest in adolescent girls who are living through some of the most dire crises of our time.
Learn about the programs we support here.
Malala was born on 12 July 1997, in Mingora, the Swat District of north west Pakistan. She was named Malala, after Malalai, the famous Pashtun Heroine.
Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai is a poet, and runs a public school. He is a leading educational advocate himself. In 2009, Malala began writing an anonymous blog for the BBC expressing her views on education and life under the threat of the Taliban taking over her valley.
During this period, the Taliban’s military hold on the area intensified. As the Taliban took control of the area they issued edicts banning television, banning music, and banning women from going shopping and limiting women’s education.
A climate of fear prevailed and Malala and her father began to receive death threats for their outspoken views. As a consequence, Malala and her father began to fear for their safety. After the BBC blog ended, Malala was featured in a documentary made for The New York Times. She also received greater international coverage and was revealed as the author of the BBC blog.
In 2011, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Her increased profile and strident criticism of the Taliban caused Taliban leaders to meet, and in 2012, they voted to kill her.
On 9 October, 2012, a masked gunman entered her school bus and asked for Malala by name.
Malala was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack.
Malala survived the initial shooting, but was in a critical condition.
She was later moved to Birmingham in the United Kingdom for further treatment at a specialist hospital for treating military injuries. She was discharged on January 3, 2013 and moved with her family to a temporary home in the West Midlands. It was a miracle she was alive.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai was a symbol of the infidels and obscenity. However, other Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against the Taliban leaders and said there was no religious justification for shooting a schoolgirl.
Her assassination attempt received worldwide condemnation and protests across Pakistan. Over 2 million people signed the Right to Education campaign. The petition helped lead to the ratification of Pakistan’s first right to education bill.
Her shooting, and her refusal to stand down from what she believed was right, brought to light the plight of millions of children around the world who are denied an education today.
Malala became a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.
She started the Malala Fund to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change.
Malala is an education activist and the co-founder of the Malala Fund. She was born in 1997 and grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. Read Malala’s Story.
Ziauddin, Malala’s father, is the co-founder of the Malala Fund. An educator and social activist, he is the U.N. Special Advisor on Global Education and the Educational Attache at the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, UK.
Shiza is a Pakistani social entrepreneur and activist, who previously served as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company She was recently named on of TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers and to Forbes 30 Under 30 list of social entrepreneurs.
Meighan served previously as Vice President of Communications and Special Projects at World Food Program USA. She has also worked on high-level projects with Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, FIFA World Cup and Bono’s ONE Campaign.
Eason previously led the digital news network Now This News and the public opinion news service Poll Position. Jordan played a key role at CNN, serving as Chief News Executive and President of Newsgathering and International Networks.
PJ worked with the Girl Up campaign at the United Nations Foundation before joining the Malala Fund. He is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in Political Science.
Lynn is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she co-founded and now leads the practice area dedicated to working with philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and companies on social sector issues. She is also the board chair of water.org and a board member of Stars Foundation.
Susan is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and, through The Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, is an advocate for education and economic development in the developing world. She serves on the boards of Stanford University, the Pacific Council on International Policy, Grameen Foundation and other non-profit organizations.
Mabel is the initiator and chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, with over twenty years of experience in building partnerships for justice and social change. She is a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundations and serves on the advisory committees of various other organizations.
“I call upon the Nigerian government to protect these students, girls and boys who are suffering from terrorism. Bring home the girls who were kidnapped with no excuses”