Actress and all-around do-gooder, Angelina Jolie, attended 2013 Women in the World summit at Lincoln Center in New York City yesterday (April 04, 2013) along with the likes of Meryl Streep, America Ferrera and Diane von Fursternberg.
Jolie paid tribute to a young Pakistani activist at the Women in the World Summit on Thursday and donated $200,000 to the teenager’s fledgling education fund.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head by Taliban operatives last October because of her outspoken advocacy for girls’ education, but survived after she was flown to the U.K. for life-saving treatment.
“Here’s what they accomplished,” the special envoy for the U.N. refugee agency said of Yousafzai’s attackers in the emotional tribute to introduce the little girl to the crowd. “They shot her point blank range in the head – and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger.”
Jolie also joked that Yousafzai was once informed by her father that she was the sixth most influential person in the world ahead of President Barack Obama but the girl wasn’t happy because she believed human beings should not be categorized in that way. “So there’s a lot we can learn from this little girl,” Jolie said.
After Jolie star exited the stage, Women in the World Summit founder Tina Brown announced the actress had recently made a personal donation of $200,000 to the Malala Fund.
Well done Angelina.
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