Malala Yousafzai is a young female activist campaigning for education rights for all. In the past 15 months, 16-year-old Malala has moved from the Swat Valley in Pakistan, a place where gender inequality is overt, to the UK, where it can seem less immediately obvious. Women - and men - across the world have patriarchy in common. It manifests in myriad of ways for women, from low self-esteem as a result of internalising a sense of lesser importance, right through to being forcibly kept from going to school and not being entitled to make any decisions about one's own body or life. The systemic nature of gender inequality is deeply ingrained in society and imagining a world where women and men are equal is challenging and for some, uncomfortable.
At this special appearance at WOW - Women of the World 2014, Malala will talk about the relationship between Pakistani and British societies, and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices. What are the similarities between these two societies? How can they support each other to create a fairer world for women? What kind of education should men and women receive to equip them with the tools to treat others equally? And how can we learn to love enough to create change that might not directly affect us?
Malala also touches upon the work of the Malala Fund and how it is changing the lives of young girls around the globe
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We could head out for brunch after if people are up for it