Angelina Jolie Steps Up for Malala Yousafzai’s Education Efforts

Posted Wednesday October 17, 2012 12:13 PM GMT

Last week 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of education in Pakistan, and now Angelina Jolie has taken up her cause.

The “Changeling” chick’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict organization has written a check for $50,000 to Tina Brown’s Women in the World Foundation to help “fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Both ladies declared, "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."

Jolie added, "Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala's swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch. 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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