For the month of March, the Cloud9 Initiative is supporting the Malala Fund, working for a world where every girl can learn and lead. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani female education activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate at just 17 years old and has been advocating for girls’ right to education across the globe, especially in her homeland of Swat, where the Pakistani Taliban has tried for many years to ban girls from receiving schooling.
On October 9th, 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District after school, Malala and two other girls were shot by a Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt to target her for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. She was hit in the face with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, she would later be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK where she would awaken ten days after the attack.
Malala would recover and go on to continue the fight, she would go on to become a world-renowned author, Pakistan’s first Youth Peace Prize Winner, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient among other recognition she would receive all before 25 years old. Malala has been a driving force in the right for women across the world and created a rich and meaningful history to inspire women of any age or background – Which is why Cloud9 feels the Malala fund is a perfect fit for our Cloud9 Initiative’s support for Women’s History Month.
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