Emily Blunt Helping Malala Fund For Education
Emily Blunt along with her husband, John Krasinski are using their celebrity to draw attention to her cause and to raise money for Malala Fund. She is shown in this picture attending an immersive VIP Fan Screening of A Quiet Place on April 5, 2018 in London, England – Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images North America.
Emily Blunt along with her husband, John Krasinski are using their celebrity to draw attention to raise money for Malala Fund to give girls everywhere the chance for education, according to senior film and media editor Brent Lang from the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Malala Yousafzai is an icon of female empowerment. The youngest Nobel Laureate in history, the 20-year-old Pakistani activist has inspired people with her tenacious belief in the power of education. It’s a conviction so strong that she risked her life to attend school in a Taliban-dominated region of Pakistan, blogging about her experiences and granting interviews. In response, she was shot in a 2012 assassination attempt.
Emily Blunt says beneath Yousafzai’s steely persona beats the heart of a teenage girl.
“People are intimidated to meet her,” says Emily Blunt. “They feel not worthy. Yet there’s a normalcy to her. She’s sweet and subversive and bright, but at the same time, there’s this side where she loves shoes and she loves clothes.”
Emily Blunt, star of such hit films as Sicario and Into the Woods, along with her husband, John Krasinski of The Office fame, aren’t just admirers of Yousafzai, who recovered fully from the attempt on her life to become a globally recognized education advocate. They’re using their celebrity to draw attention to her cause and to raise money for Malala Fund, the nonprofit she founded in 2013 with her father, Ziauddin. The fund hopes to give girls around the world the ability to have 12 years of education — schooling that is free, safe and of good quality.
The issue hits close to home for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, who have two daughters, ages 4 and 2, and had been looking to get involved with a charity that promoted education and women’s issues.
“From the first time we met, I knew Emily would be a great friend to me and to all girls fighting for their education,” says Yousafzai. “I am so grateful for her ability to see the faces of millions of girls in her own daughters.”