Malala Fund

About Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead.

Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Together their board, leadership council, staff,and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school.

The meaning of "Gulmakai"

Malala began her fight for girls’ education at 11 years old when she wrote a blog for the BBC detailing what life was like in Pakistan under Taliban rule. She used the pseudonym "Gulmakai" — a fitting name for an initiative that will expand the work of activists just like Malala and Ziauddin.

Malala Fund works in regions where the most girls
miss out on secondary education. Our priority countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

To accelerate and amplify the impact of local education advocates in countries where girls are most likely to miss out on secondary education.

With Your Support

Investing in local education activists

Through their Gulmakai Network, they invest in local educators and advocates — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school.

Advocating to hold leaders accountable

We advocate — at local, national and international levels — for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them.

Amplifying girls’ voices

They believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential. They amplify girls’ voices and share their stories through Assembly, their digital publication and newsletter.

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