October 16, 2012
Dear Friend of the Women in the World Foundation,
I want to share with you this urgent note from Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie:
We are sure you have been shaken by the news that last week, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she left school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Her crime was promoting girls' education in Pakistan and publishing a blog about life under the Taliban. She remains unconscious, and has been flown from Pakistan to the United Kingdom to receive specialist treatment.
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.
Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie
In response to this horrific event, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Women of Impact Award for Girls' Education in honor of Malala to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls' education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are making an emergency appeal to our Women in the World Community to join us in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward girls' education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ms. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.
Let's do everything we can to support these girls in securing this most basic right. If you would like to contribute to the fund, please donate here.
President, Women in the World Foundation