(NEW YORK)– Angelina Jolie on Thursday spoke passionately about Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban.
“And here’s what the gunman and the Taliban accomplished on that day,” Jolie said at the Women in the World Summit in New York City. “They shot her at point blank range in the head and it made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder — and she more resolute…calling on the entire world not just Pakistan to ensure the right for every girl in the world to an education. It is my right she said…it is our right.”
Yousafzai, who is recovering from the gunshot wound in England and just this month went back to school, also spoke to the summit by way of video. She announced the first grant that she is giving from the Malala Fund, which was established to help her educate girls in Pakistan and around the world.
Jolie donated an additional $200,000 to the Malala Fund Thursday night.
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