Angelina to Kids: Global Education is Under Threat
- Photo: FayesVision/WENN1 of 11
- Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP2 of 11
- Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/Invision/AP3 of 11
- Photo: Amanda Schwab/StarTraks4 of 11
- Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage5 of 11
- Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage6 of 11
- Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage7 of 11
- Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP8 of 11
- Photo: Invision/AP9 of 11
- Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage10 of 11
Angelina Jolie is speaking out against a Taliban attack in Pakistan that critically wounded a 14-year-old girl who had stood up for equal education for girls and says she was compelled to discuss the incident with her own children to help them understand the threat to education in some parts of the world.
In an opinion piece written for The Daily Beast, Jolie writes about sharing the tragic case of Malala Yousafzai with her children. "It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only 'crime' was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school." Malala is still recovering from serious injuries after being shot in the head and neck in the Oct. 9 attack by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.
The 37-year-old star said that her eight-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala, while her six-year-old asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets, and if so, wondered who would take care of them? "She also asked about Malala's parents and if they were crying. We decided that they were, but not only for their daughter, also for children around the world denied this basic human right."
"Still trying to understand, my children asked, 'Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?'" Jolie writes. "I answered, 'because an education is a powerful thing.'"
Jolie concludes, "As girls across Pakistan stand up to say "I am Malala," they do not stand alone. Mothers and teachers around the world are telling their children and students about Malala, and encouraging them to be a part of her movement for girls' education."
The actress urges people to join her and Tina Brown by donating to the Women in the World Foundation -- which seeks to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls' education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
MORE FROM WONDERWALL:
Get out the vote
Wonderwall.com goes behind the scenes at the 2015 American Music AwardsWatch Video »
In honor of the 10th anniversary of "Just Friends," check out how the stars of the film have changed.Watch Video »
Get the Duggar dish on Replay hosted by Wonderwall's Kirby Kristen.Watch Video »
Tats for Love
From Heidi Klum and Seal to Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco, see which stars got tattoos for love.Watch Video »
Shailene Woodley and the stars of "Divergent" chat phobias and on-set injuries at the film's world premiere.Watch Video »
Stars chat with Wonderwall.com on the red carpet at the 2015 American Music AwardsWatch Video »