Angelina Jolie Speaks Out for Teen Attacked by Taliban
Outraged at a Taliban attack on a 14-year-old girl who dared to stand up for girls' education, Angelina Jolie has spoken out in an opinion piece for The Daily Beast.
Compelled to share Malala Yousufzai's story with her own children, the 37-year-old actress and mother of six explained how the conversation transpired. "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."
As for the kids' reactions, she explained that her 8-year-old suggested building a statue for the girl, while her 6-year-old asked whether she had any pets and who would take care of them. Angelina went on, "She also asked about Malala's parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right."
The "Tomb Raider" actress encouraged readers to donate to the Women in the World Foundation, whose goal is to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls' education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In conclusion, she wrote, "As girls across Pakistan stand up to say 'I am Malala,' they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls' education."