When we think of the name Malala, the first image that comes to mind is that of a warrior; a warrior who used her will-power and determination to slice through the hollow chests of her oppressors, a warrior that literally took a bullet for what she believed in. Born in the beautifully lush Valleys of Swat, Malala was once a normal girl, but what made her different from the mundane was the inextinguishable fire that burned inside of her. Malala Yousufzai is now a symbol; she is the voice of millions of girls all over the world that cannot speak out for themselves, she is an activist, and on top of that, she is also a Nobel Prize Laureate. The driving force behind Malala has always been her love of education, this passion of hers can be credited as the factor that set forth the events that occurred in 2012.In 2012, Malala Yousafzai was injured at the hands of the Taliban, who shot her in an attempt to eradicate her because of her unadulterated activism.
After fighting with the demons that plagued her home and coming out of the battle alive, Malala found her spirit unabashed and decided that she still wanted to help girls all over the world whilst at the same time provide the means through which they can access education.For the sake of this mission, Malala started an organization known as ‘The Malala fund”. This organization was founded in around 2013 and the pivotal pursuit was to advocate a female’s right to twelve years of free and quality education. Due to Malala’s passionate drive that fueled this organization, it is no surprise that it soon gained mammoth speed and supporters in a very short time. Through this fund, Malala fights for access to secondary education, for girls not only in Pakistan but also in countries like India, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Malala’s fund is a breath of fresh air for the millions of girls that are being suffocated by the hands of a society that is trying to smother them for their misogynistic agendas. It is an ingenuine and inspirational step taken by an incredibly humane individual. Malala’s organization fights for a cause that desperately needs someone to stand by it because for centuries female education has been something that has been pushed to the sidelines. However, due to the immense conviction showed by a figure as inspirational and as well-known as Malala, this cause has been able to garner an insane amount of support. The ultimate goal of this fund is to provide education and improve the lives of more than 130 million girls all around the globe.
Another important goal of this organization is to serve as a defender and protect the interests and lives of girls against the cruel hands of society. Through this fund, Malala stands by those who have no one to stand up for them and shelters them from entities that threaten their well-being and fights for their rights (whether it be their rights to feel safe, their rights to education or their rights to live a discrimination-free life).
Malala Fund runs numerous programs in many under-developed regions and locations, where the civilians don’t have access to proper facilities and education. An example of such programs is the Gulmakai Network, which is basically an alliance of sorts amongst different activists like Malala, Areebah Shahid, and Gulalai Ismail who work together in order to provide an environment where girls can feel safe while pursuing their education.The Gulmakai Network aims to accelerate the process of spreading education among the female population in places where women aren’t provided with enough opportunities.
When the project first started, no one ever thought that it would come as far as it has over the years, with the fund capturing the eye of many prolific companies and individuals. Through the immense hard work of Malala Fund team and Malala, she has been able to garner the support of one of the largest companies in the world, i.e. Apple. These various partnerships are aimed to promote education for girls and provide them with a levelled playing field where they can pursue their dreams. Other than Apple, various other names have also facilitated Malala and her cause. These names include 21st Century Fox, Nike, Google, Microsoft, the government of Canada (who pledged over $180 million), Vodafone, Wowork, Susan and Craig Mc Caw, Schoola, Vishnu charitable trust,Sarka and Samir Bodas, RTL foundation, Sara Blakely Foundation, Participant media, Omaze: Force for good, Mike Spurlino, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Maja Kristin, Master card foundation, Katie McGrath and JJ Abrams Family foundation, Lynne and Marc Benioff, Kathryn McQuade foundation,Jessica and Steve Sarowitz, Hubspot, Anonymous, Anupama and Satya Nadella, Goldman Sachs 10,000 women, Forma books,Creative Artsist Agency, Craigslist charitable Foundation and Caterpillar foundation.
Last week Malala and @apple CEO Tim Cook met in Beirut, Lebanon to discuss their new partnership. They spent the day speaking with Syrian refugee girls and listening to their stories. “I am grateful to my friend Tim and Apple for investing in our dream of a world where every girl can choose her own future.” — Malala [Link in bio]
One can only stand back and marvel at the progress this fund has made over the years. What started as a small step towards the right direction has now gained the force and vigour of an effervescing flood. But what is truly remarkable is that it all started with a mere dream; a dream to educate others, conceived in the brain of a small girl from Swat.