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voices
BY C HRISTOPHER CONNELL

The Power to Make Change
An interview with Shiza Shahid, cofounder of the Malala Fund
in a prominent, progressive family in Islamabad, Shiza Shahid had big dreams
about what path she might follow, possibly into journalism, public service, or even acting. She
wanted to make an impact on the deplorable conditions she saw around her, especially the
difficulties and traumas faced by girls and women in Pakistan's patriarchal society. She became
an activist at an early age, going inside a women's prison as a 14-year-old to help children
incarcerated with their mothers. She did volunteer work at counseling centers for Afghan
women refugees and engaged in relief efforts after Pakistan's devastating 2005 earthquake. She
snuck out of the house to join protests against the rule of then-President Pervez Musharraf.
Shahid won a scholarship to Stanford University and was a sophomore there in 2009 when she
first learned through a New York Times documentary about the brave 11-year-old schoolgirl
named Malala Yousafzai who was defying the Taliban's efforts to shut down schools for girls
throughout the Swat Valley. She organized a summer camp to provide respite, workshops, and
mentoring for Malala and 26 other girls from Swat and to draw attention to their plight from
movers and shakers in the capital. She remained close to the family even as she embarked
on a high-flying career as a McKinsey & Company consultant in the Middle East. Days after
the October 2012 attempt on Malala's life, Shahid flew to the girl's bedside in a Birmingham,
England, hospital and stayed to help the family deal with the worldwide attention focused
on their daughter. She took a leave and later relinquished her consulting job to become the
cofounder and full-time CEO of the Malala Fund, the nonprofit created to advance Malala's work
on behalf of girls' education on a global scale. She helped find a coauthor and arrange a deal for
Malala's autobiography, I Am Malala, and accompanied her on speaking engagements around
the world, including at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in Nigeria on behalf of the
missing girls on her 17th birthday, and in Oslo, Norway, last October when Malala accepted the
Nobel Peace Prize that she shared with Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. Now Shahid
has stepped back from running the Malala Fund to expand her own work as an organizer and
social entrepreneur. Time named her to its list of 30 young people who are changing the world
and she made a Forbes' list of the brightest young social entrepreneurs.

GROWING UP

IE: What was your dream growing up?
SHAHID: I did well in school, but mainly did a lot of

social impact work on my own. That was my passion. At
one time I wanted to be a journalist and thought leader
... or be in government and create change through direct
public service. As I got older, I became more intrigued

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by entrepreneurship and business as a means to bring
social change.
IE: Your father is a retired rear admiral and

your mother runs an orphanage. What was your
upbringing like?



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2015

Pathfinders
Job Search: An American Tale
On the Rise
Frontlines
In Brief
Voices
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
Forum
In Focus
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