April 8th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Malala's first grant will educate 40 girls

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) - Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has said 40 girls in Pakistan will be the first to benefit from a fund set up in her name after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for her efforts to promote girls' education.

She announced the $45,000 grant for education in the Swat Valley - the Taliban stronghold where she's from - in a video played at the Women in the World summit in New York City on Thursday.

"We are going to educate 40 girls, and I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund," she said.

"Let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls."

Actress and U.N. special envoy Angelina Jolie spoke movingly of Malala's courage in the face of the Taliban's attempt to silence her, saying there was "always something special" about her.

"They shot her at point blank range in the head and made her stronger," she said.

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  1. Jacob

    180 million Pakistanis are not capable of keeping one little girl, Malala safe in their own country? 180 million Pakistanis have to depend on the charity of the UK to give Malala education and safety?

    April 9, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  2. TomK

    Pakistan is a military state you nimwits, they frown upon any education, much less that of a women. Keep in mind pilgrims, that although America has never elected a woman as head of state- Pakistan elected a woman back in the 80's. Another reason why I am ASHAMED to be an American

    April 8, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • xxyyzz123

      And Pakistanis killed her too. Bravo!!

      April 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
      • Mary

        Was the Pakistani woman head of state assassinated or executed under their Sharia Law?

        April 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
  3. xxyyzz123

    Pakistanis shot a school girl, Malala.
    Then, Pakistanis shot a school teacher, Shahnaz Nazli.
    That was not enough, so Pakistanis murdered a principal of a school, Abdul Rasheed.
    Pakistanis hate education and educators.

    April 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
  4. Misty

    It is a real shame that Malala can't go back to her own country because Pakistanis want to deny her the right to education.

    April 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • John

      Pakistanis also want to deny Malala the right to live.

      April 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
  5. Paul

    This seems like a really dangerous idea. Pakistanis may now kill all 40 girls who receive the charity money.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Mark

    The entire country of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan can not even offer safety to one little girl who wants to go to school? Wow!

    April 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Chris

    It is sad that she is a Pakistani and she has to hide from Pakistanis just because she wants to go to school.
    I'm sure those Pakistanis are real proud of what they did to her.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  8. Jessie

    There are honor killings in Pakistan. A Pakistani girl was hacked and almost murdered by her own brother. Pakistan is not a safe place for a girl like Malala who wants to have the most basic human rights like - the right to have an education. Pakistanis would murder her in no time. She is better off in hiding in the UK.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  9. Mike

    If Malala were to go back to Pakistan, her life would be in grave danger. Islamic fundamentalist Pakistanis would murder her if she returns to her home land. She is better off living in civilized world. She is not like Pakistanis.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  10. John

    Pakistanis need to allow Malala's to live safely in Pakistan and get education. It is a shame that Malala has to hide from Pakistanis and live in the UK.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm |