Angelina Jolie's charity donates $50k in honor of Malala
October 17th, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Angelina Jolie's charity donates $50k in honor of Malala

Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress and a special envoy for the UN's refugee agency, but she's also a mom.

So when she read about Malala Yousafzai, the teen advocate for education rights who was shot by the Taliban, last Wednesday as her children with Brad Pitt were getting ready for school, Jolie paused to explain Malala's story to their kids.

The six Jolie-Pitts range in age from 11 to 4, and Jolie wrote in a post on The Daily Beast that it was "difficult for them to 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."

The 37-year-old actress said that later that night, her 8-year-old "suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, and fittingly create a reading nook near it," while her 6-year-old wanted to know if Malala had any pets, and if so, who'd care for them.

But Jolie added that her children also wanted to know, "'Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?' I answered, 'because an education is a powerful thing.'"

Jolie is backing up her statement through her charity, donating $50,000 to Tina Brown's Women in the World Foundation through her Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.

Brown's organization is creating a Women of Impact Award for Girls' Education in honor of Malala, and 100 percent of donations given will go toward "girls' education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan," the president of the Women in the World Foundation, Kim Azzarelli, said in a statement.

"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," Jolie and Brown added.

In her post for the Daily Beast, Jolie remarked that "Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch."


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  1. SKY

    FACT: BRAD IN THE LIGHT SO NOW SHE HAS TO STEAL HIS LIGHT.....GIVING $50.000 BEFORE NEXT YEAR
    AND GET A RIGHT OFF--LISTEN PEOPLE.....INSTEAD OF GIVING MONEY AWAY...WHY NOT HIRE SOMEONE
    GIVE THEM A JOB IN AMERICA...IF EVERY RICH PERSON THAT GIVES LARGES DONATION OUTSIDE
    U.S.A THEY SHOULD BE CONDEMNED....CREATE JOBS HERE FOR PEOPLE IN NEED...THIS IS NOT A
    GOVERNMENT PROBLEM THIS IS A LOVE THY NEIGHBOR ISSUE.....ONE PERSON WHO DOES NOT
    HAVE A JOB IN AMERICA HELP THEM...HELP AMERICA..HELP YOUR COUNTRY....

    October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. duquefamily

    Education is one of the most important things that can break the circle of poverty. I work & live with the Quichua's in Ecuador, and I pray that justice will be done to them. I think Angelina is a very interesting person, different from all other celebrities.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Luisa

    Way to go Angie....lets see, there are 70 billion people in the world and 40 billiion are Muslums....isn't it time we show how charitable we are as Christians (or those who say they are) and try to improve world peace and try to change the way they treat women,? Or let's just keep acting like sixth graders and pretend nothing is as iimportant as we are..

    October 17, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Junaid

    Angelina Jolie, I invite you to convert to Islam.Islam is one of the Peaceful Religion.Islam stand for Peace.There is no link Between Islam and Terrorist.And you are also one of the Peaceful Woman:you are well positioned to defend Islam.......Pleaz....Pleaz....Pleaz....accept my request........ thanks.....and i Hopefully say that one day My GOD show you the right path INSHAALLAH........I Love You....

    October 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amorin

      Junaid, Angelina is a peaceful woman sans organized religion. Without doctrine of any sort she is crusading for those who need assistance. She didn't donate out of love for religion or a particular god. She did it because she cares for other human beings that are being wrong in the name of one diety or another.
      Her mind set is above par right now and it should stay that way. She's not looking down on anyone for having or not having religion. Let it stay that way.

      October 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ?

    Palllo

    October 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Mitchell

    We really love her.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leon Peris/Wolk Scientific

    She is a great role model!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kit Kat

    Angelina...what an appropriate name your beautiful Mother gave you, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You are truly an Angel in what you have become. Please come back to Toronto with Brad and your family, we love you all!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A mom who is thankful (Miranda)

    I am so thankful there are people like Angelina Jolie that will go out of their way to help other people not only in this country but in this world. What happened to Malala is wrong in all aspects and having someone like Angelina that not only cares about her and her family but also cares about the people and especially the children of this world. Thank you Angelina for always caring and helping the people and children in the world you really are a wonderful person for all the charities that you take part in and again thank you!!!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. She thinks screeens are people...

    1pm...

    October 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. makeawish

    angie and brad have it together and this is what i love about some couples...the man i'm seeing now is a great guy
    and hopefully it will become more serious. i can't be around dysfunctional men...angie and brad are an example.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Animals?

    stop–

    October 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. angie

    is a great girl..she's not a sleeze

    October 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TAKE A DUMP

    ON A HACKER

    October 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TAKE A CRAP

    ON A HACKER

    October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. who cares about you

    angie always wins...

    October 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. 12:00pm show...

    get ready and forward directly in.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tom

    i would never do that unless i have fool proof in my hands.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tom

    i would never do that...

    October 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. JGN

    Next someone will accuse Angelina of smoking a cigarette or taking an aspirin and the Lance Armstrong witch hunt will find a new victim, which in turn will force her to cease doing philanthropic good. Watch out Angelina!

    October 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. love her

    beautiful, smart, mom and has a georgous guy.

    shut her down for the 1pm show

    October 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |

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