Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead.
More than 130 million girls globally are out of school today, which puts them at risk of poverty, marginalization, and health problems.
Since 2013, the nonprofit founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin has been championing every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe and quality education.
Malala Fund operates in areas where girls are most likely to miss out on secondary schooling, focusing on Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. It supports local educators and education activists, and works to hold decision-makers on all levels accountable in order to ensure girls get equal access to learning. The organization also boosts the girls' own voices, connecting them with leaders and allowing them to share their stories.
At Chylak, a company founded and run by women, we wholeheartedly support the mission and values of Malala Fund.
“I come from a family with very strong female bonds, I was always encouraged to learn, education was a priority, there was never any distinction between the way girls and boys were treated in my environment. Creating my own business and succeeding would never be possible without those values.” — Zofia Chylak, Creative Director of Chylak.
We find Malala’s own story truly inspiring. Malala Yousafzai began her campaign for education at age 11 when she anonymously blogged for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Inspired by her father’s activism, Malala soon began advocating publicly for girls’ education — attracting international media attention and awards. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out. Malala recovered in the United Kingdom and continued her fight for girls. In 2013 she founded Malala Fund with her father, Ziauddin. A year later, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her fight to ensure equal access to education.
Malala graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.