Jolie Charity Donates $50K in Malala's Honor

And Angelina writes about girl's plight
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2012 10:53 AM CDT
Angelina Jolie starts a visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 15.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – Angelina Jolie was moved by the story of Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani education activist the Taliban shot last week—so she donated $50,000 to a charity that supports women and girls fighting for female education in Pakistan and Afghanistan, E! reports. "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," wrote Jolie and Daily Beast founder Tina Brown on Brown's Women in the World Foundation website. Jolie's charity, Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, donated the $50,000 to a new initiative started by Women in the World.

Yesterday, Jolie wrote about Malala on the Daily Beast, explaining that when she told her children what happened, they couldn't "comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only 'crime' was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school," she writes. "As girls across Pakistan stand up to say 'I am Malala,' they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls’ education. Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls’ education." Click for Jolie's full column.

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