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Malala Yousafzai

2019 Speaker

MALALA YOUSAFZAI is co-founder of Malala Fund and a Nobel Laureate. Her vision of a more equitable world means that every girl will have the opportunity to learn and lead. Malala Fund invests in local education activists, advocates for policy changes and resources needed to give all girls a secondary education; and amplifies girls’ voices through their digital publication, Assembly. Inspired by her father’s activism, Yousafzai began her campaign for girls’ education at age eleven with her anonymous blog for the BBC, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl. She soon began advocating publicly for girls’ education, and would join her father on his visits to neighboring villages to recruit for the school he founded in their rural home. Independently, she began attracting international media attention and awards. Due to Yousafzai’s increased prominence, at age fifteen she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out. She recovered in the United Kingdom, and has continued her fight for girls ever since. Yousafzai is the author of three books, I Am Malala, Malala’s Magic Pencil, and We Are Displaced. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, with a focus on philosophy, politics, and economics. @malala @malalafund