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Spirit in Action

by SOM Magazine

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With more than 130 million girls out of school today, Malala Fund is breaking down barriers that hold girls back. Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Together, Malala Fund’s board, leadership council, staff and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school. They work in regions where the most girls miss out on secondary education. Countries positively impacted include India, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Brazil, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Lebanon and Pakistan.

The organization believes that real change for girls’ education happens at the local level. Through its Education Champion Network, they support education advocates and activists who are challenging the policies and practices that prevent girls from going to school in their communities.

Malala Fund invests in the advocates’ work, supports their professional development and connects them with each other to develop national, regional and global networks. Leveraging the collective power of the Education Champions creates broader change and makes it easier for all girls to learn.

The organization’s Girl Program is a bold approach to youth-led advocacy. By supporting young activists, investing in local organizations and amplifying the voices of young women, Malala Fund is creating a world where girls have the agency to address the barriers standing in the way of their dreams.

In 2021, Malala Fund welcomed 10 young women from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and Pakistan into its 18-month fellowship program designed to equip them with the skills and experience to promote greater gender equality within their families, communities and countries. They collaborate with a diverse team of partners to provide fellows with exciting and engaging learning experiences.

Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn, lead and create a bright future for their communities. Read interesting statistics and learn how to offer support at Malala.org.


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