Actress and human rights activist Angelina Jolie was touched by the story of 14-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban. The actress has penned a column for The Daily Beast in which she details discussing the situation with her kids.
“Malala’s story stayed with them throughout the day, and that night they were full of questions,” writes Jolie. “We learned about Malala together, watching her interviews and reading her diaries. … Our 8-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, and fittingly create a reading nook near it. Our 6-year-old asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, who would take care of them? She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying.”
“Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children,” Jolie, a 37-year-old mother of six. writes.
Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban for supporting education for girls. She was shot nearly a week ago while on her way home from school in Mingora, a village in the Swat Valley. The unknown assailant reportedly approached her school bus and asked those on board to identify the young girl. He then shot her and two classmates before fleeing.
Since the shooting, Malala has been kept under medical sedation in a U.K. hospital. Doctors are optimistic that she’ll recover from her wounds.
Malala’s story inspired Jolie, along with Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, to lend their support to the Women in the World Foundation’s campaign to raise money for girls fighting for education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jolie’s own Education Partnership for Children of Conflict is set to donate the first $50,000 to the fundraiser.