Malala Yousafzai Receives International Activist Award from Harvard


After accepting an award from Harvard University, education activist Malala Yousafzai gave her take on issues like refugee policy, global warming, and girls’ education. She explained, “Right now, there are 130 million girls who do not have access to a quality education. We should all make it our challenge to challenge those critical views, all those religious beliefs, and all those cultures that deny us an education.” 60 current and incoming members of Congress were present at the event, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who asked Yousafzai about male participation in the fight for gender equality. Yousafzai responded with a description of her father, who sought to change the uneven opportunities given to men and women in Pakistan by ensuring that his daughters received an education.

For Further Reading

Malala has written a new book about refugees, titled We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World. It comes out on January 8th.


Discussion Question

Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s question, what role do you think men play in the movement towards gender parity in education?


Action Item

Watch the full conversation with Malala Yousafzai at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics here.

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