Malala Yousafzai Explains The Meaning Of The Word 'Feminism' At Davos

"Feminism is just another word for equality, and no one will object to equality."

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is one of the many high-profile guests at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and so far she has used the gathering to speak about various causes that are close to her heart.

In fact, during a panel discussion on the education and empowerment of girls, Yousafzai addressed what being a feminist means to her. "Feminism is just another word for equality ... and no one will object to equality," she said, according to Arab News. "It is very simple, it's not as complicated as some people have made it."

The 20-year-old, who has been an advocate for women across the globe ever since she was shot in the head in 2012 for defying a Taliban ban on Pakistani girls attending school, noted empowering women also requires the support of men. For Yousafzai, that early encouragement came from her father. Per The Washington Post she explained, "He challenged society and norms at every stage of his life. He was a feminist that was taking action. And if he hadn't, I wouldn't be here. Many girls wanted to do what I am doing, but their brothers and their fathers wouldn't let them."


Since nearly dying in pursuit of her own education six years ago, Yousafzai has made incredible strides in making sure girls across the globe have the ability to learn and grow without obstacles. The Oxford student established The Malala Fund — a philanthropic organization dedicated to educating girls around the world — in 2013, and recently announced the charity's partnership with Apple to ensure "every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education." 

Speaking of girls' education, Canadian Prime Minister and self-professed feminist Justin Trudeau, who was on that Davos panel with Yousafzai, showed his support for the practice by doubling Canada's aid to the Global Partnership for Education to $180 million over three years.

The CBC reports Trudeau argued education is the best way to improve outcomes in the developing world, explaining, "Investing in women and girls is the most effective way of making a real and lasting difference."

He later added, according to CTV, "A more peaceful and prosperous world starts with a quality basic education. Canada is committed to making sure young people around the world, especially girls, get the education they deserve."

 After thanking Trudeau and Canada for that substantial financial commitment to girls' education, Yousafzai expressed hope that other leaders and countries might do the same. "I hope that other countries can follow this example," she declared. "I hope that one day we'll see all girls receive a quality education."


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