Angelina Jolie took the stage at the 4th Annual Women In The World Summit on Thursday (April 4) to honor Malala Yousafzai – the 15-year-old Pakistani student activist who was shot by the Taliban in October for advocating for equal-opportunity education in her country.
Speaking on stage at New York City’s Lincoln Center – Jolie said of the student, “The Taliban shot her at point-bank range in the head, and made her stronger. In a brutal attempt to silence her voice, it grew louder.”
Via video feed Yousafzai said, “This is the happiest moment of my life. If we can educate 40 girls, we can educate 40 million girls.”
The actress also recently confirmed that she has opened an girls-only primary school in Afghanistan. The school is located in a village outside of Kabul and educates 200 and 300 girls.
E! News reports Jolie – the UNHCR Goodwill ambassador – picked the village as the site of the school due to its high refugee population. Families are slowly starting to return to the once-devastated area.
Jolie is funding the schools by using 100 percent of the profits from her new personally designed jewelry collection – Style of Jolie.
“Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need,” Jolie told E! News exclusively.