News Story from: 8/31/15
Monday, August 31, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – A select group of invited guests this evening will get an early look at the much-anticipated documentary film, “He Named Me Malala,” at a preview screening at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, hosted by The FP Group in partnership with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Malala Fund.
The special screening will include a Q&A with Malala Yousafzai, the student, Malala Fund Co-Founder and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who in 2012 was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban as she returned home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Malala will be joined by her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, who Malala describes as her inspiration and who is also an educator and champion for girls’ education.
At the event, Foreign Policy will announce a joint effort with the Malala Fund to produce a new girls’ secondary education index, seeking to address the significant gap in information on the quality, availability, and security of education opportunities at secondary level for young women and girls worldwide. FP, with the Malala Fund, aims to issue the index annually using the best available data from multilateral organizations, NGOs, national governments, and educational institutions. The index will pay particular attention to issues affecting adolescent girls’ educational opportunity and outcomes.
“This new index is a ‘report card’ for our leaders, a critical step toward helping ensure that my sisters everywhere can have a quality, safe and free secondary education,” said Malala Fund co-founder Malala Yousafzai. “We must aim higher and set ambitious goals, and then measure against them. This index will show where there are gaps on both donor country funding and developing country delivery on girls’ secondary education, and help close these gaps so that girls everywhere can go to school for 12 years. ”
David Rothkopf, CEO & Editor of Foreign Policy, said, “We believe the GEO Index will fill a void and provide an important tool to help advance girls’ education across the globe. Our ultimate goal is to help ensure that every girl has equal educational opportunities worldwide.” After the screening he will moderate the conversation with Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, and Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership and co-host of the evening.
Nelson said, “Malala shows us how true leadership can begin with one voice and one idea. She mobilized the world around the radical notion of education for all, and that is only part of her power. She is a symbol for tolerance, peace and progress on a global scale — one of the most vital voices of our time.”
Carnegie President and former Deputy Secretary of State, Bill Burns, will offer welcoming remarks at the event, which will run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Carnegie’s Massachusetts Avenue headquarters.
About the Malala Fund:
Malala Fund is a non-profit organization that empowers girls globally through education to achieve their potential and be agents of change in their communities. Co-founded in 2013 by student, education activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father and teacher Ziauddin Yousafzai, the Malala Fund invests in and advocates for girls’secondary education and amplifies the voices of adolescent girls globally. Please visit www.malala.org.