The Malala Fund – Working to Ensure All Girls Have Access to Education

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A graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor of arts in English, Joann Baney teaches communications as an associate professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. A supporter of charitable organizations, Joann Baney contributes to the Malala Fund.

The Malala Fund is named after Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who wrote a blog with her father about the Taliban’s efforts to block young girls from going to school. Although Malala was shot by a Taliban member for speaking out in support of education for girls, she survived the attack and moved to the United Kingdom.

Today, the Malala Fund sponsors programs in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kenya with the goal of giving all girls access to 12 years of education. The fund also serves Syrian refugees, having financed a new All-Girls School founded by the Kayany Foundation. The school serves adolescent Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

To learn more about the work of the Malala Fund or to make a donation, visit


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